Limpopo villages quiet after protests

2014-02-02 13:19
People on the road to Relela before the rains chased them away. (Marietie Louw, Beeld)

People on the road to Relela before the rains chased them away. (Marietie Louw, Beeld)

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Polokwane - The Relela and Kubjana villages near Tzaneen were quiet over the weekend following recent protests, Limpopo police said on Sunday morning.

"[The villages] are very quiet. The only outstanding thing is that nine suspects are appearing in court [on Monday]," said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

The nine were arrested in Kubjana on Thursday night on charges of public violence, malicious damage to property and arson, after they allegedly set fire to a local businessman's house, car and shop.

They would appear in the Bolobedu Magistrate's Court on Monday.

3 deaths

The protests began after a child was found suffocated in the boot of the businessman's car. Two other children found locked in his car were unharmed. Locals accused the businessman of kidnapping the children.

Residents clashed with police who responded at the scene, and threw stones at them.

Three people have died amid the protests in the area.

Protesters were also demanding the arrest of the people who killed and mutilated a 20-year-old woman last week. Two people were taken in for questioning but were later released.

During the protests on Thursday, foreign shops were looted.

On Friday some schools closed, police satellite stations were rendered un-operational and taxi routes were disrupted in the two villages.

On Thursday, nine other people arrested during the protest in Relela appeared in the Bolobedu Magistrate's Court on charges of public violence and the case was postponed to 11 February.

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