Protesters torch Kroonstad Post Office

Protesters torch Kroonstad Post Office

The building housing a post office in Maokeng near Kroonstad was set alight by disgruntled community members on Thursday.

Protesters torch Kroonstad Post Office
SA Post Office

Resident took to the streets in the morning to express their unhappiness over a lack of service delivery and the high unemployment rate in the area.

Free State police spokesperson Stephen Thakeng says more than 60 people have been arrested for public violence.

"They started to close roads with burning tyres and ultimately the post office was burnt. Two vehicles belonging to the municipality has also been burnt.

"At this stage, we have arrested more than 60 people facing public violence. We are in large numbers in the area just to ensure there is stability and order.”

Authorities have appealed to the community to follow the correct channels when airing their grievances and not to destroy state property.

Police say no injuries have been reported.  

Meanwhile, South African post office spokesperson Johan Kruger says the post office will remain closed until it is repaired.


"It's temporarily closed until it has been repaired, in the meantime, we would like customers to use the Kroonstad town and Kroonheuwel post office which is five kilometers away," Kruger said.

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