North West councillor's house torched

2012-06-14 18:08
Johannesburg - A councillor's house in Mahikeng was set on fire by residents protesting against poor service delivery, North West police said on Thursday.

"There was nothing the police or emergency workers could do to save the house when we arrived," spokesperson Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said.

Ngubane said the house, in Extension 38, was torched on Wednesday, during ongoing protests in the province.

"The community of Extension 38 have joined other communities in the North West who are complaining about the municipality's poor service delivery."

Ngubane said the councillor reported that children in the area were stoning cars and barricading roads.

"The situation currently is calm and under control, but we will continue to monitor the area," he said on Thursday afternoon.

"Telkom poles were also damaged through the night and the department of public works has since promised to assist with the clearing of roads," Ngubane said.

No arrests had been made.

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