Tembisa residents burn down clinic and loot shops

By Drum Digital
18 March 2015

A clinic was burnt down and shops looted during a protest in Winnie Mandela, Tembisa, Gauteng police said on Wednesday.

Lieutenant Kay Makhubela said angry residents resorted to blocking roads after the Red Ant Security and Eviction Services cut off electricity that was illegally connected in some of the houses.

"The protest started at around 7pm on Tuesday. A local clinic was set on fire, and eleven vehicles that were parked inside the premises were also burnt down. Windows of a nearby were also damaged," Makhubela said.

The protesters then proceeded to loot local shops owned by foreign nationals.

"One resident was arrested and charged with theft after he was found inside one of the shops. The rest managed to run away on foot."

Police were investigating cases of malicious damage to property, theft and public violence, Makhubela said.

Two minibus taxis were damaged after stones were thrown at them.

Police continued to monitor the area. The man arrested was expected to appear in the Tembisa Magistrate's Court soon.

Source : Sapa

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