Relela in lockdown

2014-01-31 08:27

Roads were blocked in and around protest-hit Relela and Kubjana villages in Limpopo, with only police Nyalas driving around.

“You cannot move in those areas – even taxis are not operating,” said the police’s Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

He warned residents to be cautious at all times.

“We are working around the clock to bring normality in the areas. We are continuing to deploy members.”

He said they were monitoring the areas with the help of Mpumalanga police.

“The situation is calm for now, they [protesters] normally start in the afternoon,” he said this morning.

He said arrests were made yesterday evening but he could not yet confirm how many.

Yesterday, residents of Kubjana village near Relela torched the property of a local businessman after the body of a child and an unharmed child were found in his car.

Read: Fresh violence breaks out in Relela

They had also clashed with police and thrown stones at them.

Commuters in both Relela and Kubjana were stranded, as taxi drivers refused to go there.

The protests began after Khomotso Raolane was found murdered and mutilated on Friday.

Her hand had been cut off and her cellphone and house keys placed inside her stomach, which had been sliced open.

Two people were taken in for questioning but later released. Residents burnt their houses down on Saturday. During that protest, a 15-year-old boy was shot dead, allegedly by police.

On Tuesday night, 15 police officers were injured and 19 police vehicles damaged when around 1 500 people, armed with petrol bombs and stones, attacked the Relela satellite police station.

Read: Cops feared for their lives, says Riah Phiyega on protesters’ deaths

Two men, aged between 25 and 40, were killed, allegedly by police during the confrontation. Nine people were arrested for public violence.

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