Lichtenburg protesters break into building, burn tyres

2017-04-26 08:59
One of the trucks set alight during the protests. (Supplied: Dr Herman Meyer)

One of the trucks set alight during the protests. (Supplied: Dr Herman Meyer)

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Johannesburg – Violent service delivery protests in Lichtenburg and Coligny on Tuesday led to a break-in at a building that houses plumbing equipment and materials, police said on Wednesday.

According to police spokesperson Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone, people infiltrated the Agrico building in Lichtenburg between 19:30 and 20:00 on Tuesday.

"Apparently members of the community came into the premises that contains lots of plumbing equipment. The community took four tyres out of the building and set them alight."

Mokgwabone said police and the fire brigade were called in.

"The building was not affected."

Mokgwabone could not confirm if there had been early morning protests on Wednesday.

"I cannot confirm if there [were] early protests. Normally when there are, we hear about it first."

Houses, trucks set alight

On Tuesday, Premier Supra Mahumapelo asked protesters to give the team an opportunity to get to the bottom of the community’s concerns.

He urged protesters to refrain from violent and criminal activity which could "hinder growth and development".

City Press reported that three houses were burnt to the ground in Coligny and shops were looted by protesters on Tuesday morning.

Inside the town’s residential area, white farmers and residents stood at different points guarding the properties after the homes were burnt.

In Lichtenburg, several shops were looted. Three trucks are believed to have been set alight by protesters on Monday.

WATCH: Shops looted and damaged in Coligny

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