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Police patrol Freedom Park ahead of Mthethwa visit

2014-04-30 14:05
Rustenburg - Police have gathered near a taxi rank in Freedom Park near Rustenburg ahead of Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa's visit in the area on Wednesday.

Officers in armoured vehicles known as Nyalas were patrolling the area as a helicopter circled in the sky above.

Mthethwa is to lead a delegation of ministers in the justice, crime prevention and security cluster (JCPS), in an assessment of the state of readiness of the Rustenburg area for the 7 May general elections.

The visit formed part of efforts to ensure stability ahead of voting day.

On Sunday the house of Rustenburg local municipality speaker Boipelo Marekoa-Kodongo was burnt down, together with the house of a ward councillor, as well as a municipal building.

Stones were thrown at cars, and a rally that Sport Minister Fikile Mbabula was to address was cancelled.

North West police said four people had been arrested in connection with the incident.

North West premier Thandi Modise welcomed the arrest of the four.

She said the "tide of violent protests and lawlessness" needed to be stamped out.
- SAPA
Read more on: nathi mthethwa  |  thandi modise  |  fikile mbalula  |  mahikeng  |  elections 2014

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