Suspected arsonists arrested in mining village spat

2017-05-03 10:07
Three suspected arsonists were arrested after properties were set alight in Mecklenburg. (Supplied)

Three suspected arsonists were arrested after properties were set alight in Mecklenburg. (Supplied)

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Mecklenburg – Three suspects have been arrested following conflict in a mining village which led to the burning of a traditional leader's house and several other properties, police said on Wednesday.

"The suspects, aged between 26 and 51, were arrested for malicious damage to property, public violence, arson and murder. During the arrests, [the] three of them were found in possession of three unlicensed firearms and ammunition," said police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe.

The arrests come after allegations that in the Diphale area in the Seuwe village of the Mecklenburg policing region, the traditional leader's house, two tribal offices, four other homes as well as two cars were burnt by a group of community members a week ago.

Residents are accusing traditional leaders of benefitting from the selling of chrome from the local mines.

The estimated cost of the damage to the torched houses, cars and offices is over R5m.

More arrests are expected and police are monitoring the area.

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