Protests Trouble World Cup Prep
Angry South Africans are protesting the construction of stadiums for next year’s World Cup, saying government promises to provide basic services — housing, water, electricity — have been broken as money is lavished on preparing for the world’s biggest sporting event.
More than 30 South Africans have been arrested after a violent protest near a 2010 World Cup stadium in Mpumalanga Province, police say.
The protesters are demanding that the government honour its promise to build a new school if they made way for the construction of the Mbombela staduim.
Police told the BBC that the situation was “tense but under control”.
A BBC correspondent says there are fears that the recent spate of violent protests could disrupt the World Cup.