North West appoints team to investigate violent protest

2017-04-25 22:17
One of the houses that was allegedly set on fire by protesters. (Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)

One of the houses that was allegedly set on fire by protesters. (Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg – North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo on Tuesday appointed a team of five MECs and two mayors to investigate the cause of violent service delivery protests in Lichtenburg and Coligny on Monday and Tuesday. 

Premier Mahumapelo in a statement 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".

CityPress reported that three houses were burnt to the ground in nearby 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 three houses were burnt and damaged earlier this morning.

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

North West police spokesperson Sabata Mokgwabone told News24 that the two towns were quiet on Tuesday afternoon.

He could not confirm if a fire at an irrigation equipment supplier's building on Tuesday evening was in relation to the ongoing protests. 

"We still have to verify how the building caught flame, but there were no protests on that side of the town," Mokgwabone said.

Mokgwabone said the extent of damage caused by the protest in the two towns will be determined by municipal investigation in the next couple of days. 

No additional arrests were made after police arrested seven protesters in Lichtenburg on Monday, Mokgwabone said.

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