Protesters burn police vehicle, loot shops in Northern Cape

2018-04-25 12:17

Service delivery protests broke out in and around the small Northern Cape town of Jan Kempdorp earlier this week, police said on Wednesday.

Police spokesperson Captain Sergio Kock told News24 that protesters had taken to the streets around 02:00 on Tuesday morning, looting several shops and setting fire to a police vehicle.

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The protests then moved to the town of Warrenton, about 30km away from Jan Kempdorp, where an attempt was made to block the N12 highway. 

 

"Police were there and managed to keep the road open again," said Kock.

He said there were clashes between protesters and police and that the group had eventually moved to a nearby township on Tuesday evening.

This protest appeared not to be related to the nationwide strike organised by the South African Federation of Trade Unions. 

READ: What you need to know about the planned national shutdown: Schools, trains not affected

In the neighbouring North West, protesters are calling for embattled Premier Supra Mahumapelo to go, after a vote of no confidence in him was postponed.

Several towns in the province have fallen victim to the protests, with roads blockaded and shops looted. 

The violent protests in Taung claimed the life of a teenage boy, police said on Tuesday.

North West police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said the 16-year-old had died during protest action on Monday.

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