Protesters burn down building, loot shops

2012-05-09 16:29

Bloemfontein - Protesters burned down a municipal building at Mataleng, in Barkly West, after a failed meeting with municipal leaders, the Northern Cape police said on Wednesday.

Warrant Officer Ernest Kale said the municipal building was set alight and four foreign-owned shops were looted after a community gathering on Tuesday night.

Police said protesters also blocked the R31 road between Barkly West and Postmasburg with burning tires and stones.

No arrests were made.

Dikgatlhong municipal spokesperson George Damoense said the municipality was still trying to find out the main reason for the protests.

"We are still on a fact finding mission to see if it’s political or related to allegations of corruption."

He confirmed that the protests started after the local mayor did not arrive at a community meeting as promised on Tuesday night.

Damoense said the mayor was in Upington on another engagement.

Police were keeping watch.