Situation in Kimberley remains volatile after violent service delivery protest

2018-07-13 10:39

Kimberley remains tense following a violent service delivery protest on Thursday, Northern Cape police have said.

Captain Olebogeng Tawana said that an element of criminality had taken hold of the protest, which was initially related to service delivery issues and high tariffs.

"People are looting shops and stealing. Although the situation is still volatile, protesters are starting to lose their nerve," Tawana said.

"We still have eyes on the ground and we will continue to monitor the situation."

He confirmed that five people had been arrested.

Visuals of the situation in Kimberley have shown a Pick n Pay Liquor store in disarray. There were smashed bottles on the floor and shopping carts blocked the aisles after apparent looting.

In another video, a satellite police station was burning in the background as community members looked on.

Chaos erupted in the area when residents delivered their memorandum of demands at the municipal office.

Lieutenant Colonel Dimakatso Mooi previously told News24 that protesters were calling for the heads of certain officials within the Sol Plaatje Municipality.

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