Truck robbed during North West protest

2012-02-15 20:47
Johannesburg - A truck delivering fresh meat was robbed during a protest in Bapong and Sagwaelane near Brits on Wednesday, said North West police.

Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said R5 000 worth of meat stolen in the attack, between 15:00 and 16:00, by an "unruly crowd" which dispersed when police arrived.

On Tuesday night, a truck was set alight while residents, mostly youths, were protesting about unemployment.

No injuries were reported and a case of malicious damage to property had been opened.

Protesters blocked the N4 highway around 19:40pm on Tuesday, with stones and burning tyres, said Ngubane.

"This has been an ongoing protest since before August and police are monitoring [the situation]. It is quiet now during the day, but the problem is at night," Captain Adele Myburgh said earlier on Wednesday.

The residents were concerned about unemployment and were reportedly angry with local companies, including Lonmin's platinum mine, claiming it had failed to create jobs for them.

Police called on residents not to take the law into their own hands.

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