Calls for probe into North West protests

2014-04-08 15:57
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Johannesburg - The North West provincial legislature's local government and traditional affairs portfolio committee on Tuesday called for an investigation into the Boitumelong protests.

The committee had urged MEC Manketse Tlhape to assign a special investigation team to investigate the recent service delivery protests at Boitumelong at Bloemhof, spokesperson Namhla Luhabe said in a statement.

Committee chairperson Auchalie Mothupi said the protests required serious intervention by the provincial government.

"The committee condemns in the strongest terms these barbaric acts of destroying public and private properties, provocation, intimidation, public violence and criminality by some of the protesters in this year when we are celebrating 20 years of our democracy," said Mothupi.

On Monday, six houses and a community hall were torched during a violent protest in the area.

Protesters disrupted schools and barricaded the N12 with burning tyres. They pelted police with stones and petrol bombed a Nyala. Two police officers were injured and taken to hospital.

Damage to property

Protesters were demanding the resignation of the mayor and some councillors, accusing them of nepotism and failing to deliver basic services.

At least 100 people have been arrested since the protest began last Wednesday. They have been charged with public violence and malicious damage to property.

Sixteen of them appeared in the Bloemhof Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The case was postponed to Friday when they were expected to apply for bail.

Mothupi said the protest and damage to property were not a good story to tell or to be proud of.
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