North West group arrested for violence

2011-11-08 14:29

Twenty-three people were arrested at the Ledig tribal office near Sun City today for public violence, North West police said.

They were part of a group of Ledig residents who threw stones at the police and municipal buildings, Captain Amanda Funani said.

Residents had been at the office since early this morning to protest over an apparent leadership dispute.

A violent protest first broke out on Sunday evening after 300 people gathered at the office to voice concern about corruption and maladministration.

They stoned police and security guards, and petrol-bombed the houses of three council members. Police fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowd. Two people were slightly injured and taken to the Moses Kotane hospital.

On Sunday night residents blockaded roads in Ledig with rocks and burning tyres. Thirteen people were arrested after this protest.

Four were released after an appearance in the Mogwase Magistrates’ Court on Monday. Nine people were expected to appear in the same court today.

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