The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says that half the residents of the Metsimaholo Local Municipality - where Zamdela is located - earn less than R400 a month.
Residents from the township, in Sasolburg in the Free State, were protesting against plans to merge Sasolburg with the Ngwathe Local Municipality, under which Parys falls.
The SAIRR compiled a profile of the ANC-led Metsimaholo local municipality using socio-economic indicators, supplied by The Gaffney Group, which shows that the municipality is 84 percent rural and 16 percent urbanised.
Of the 84 000 people of working age who lived in the area, only 30 000 were employed and this brings the unemployment rate to 43 percent.
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