WATCH: ‘Town is destroyed, we’ve lost everything’

2017-04-25 16:04
Shops in Coligny were destroyed by protesters. (Herman Meyer via Netwerk24)

Shops in Coligny were destroyed by protesters. (Herman Meyer via Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg – Tensions were running high in Coligny and Lichtenburg in the North West after protesters plundered shops and burnt vehicles on Monday and Tuesday, Netwerk24 reports.

"It is currently quiet in the two towns, but violence can break out any minute," North West police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said. 

He confirmed that three trucks had been destroyed in Coligny on Monday after they were set alight by protesters.

Coligny AGS church minister Dr Herman Meyer said it was safer for residents of the town to stay at home. 

"Shops in the town and the town are completely destroyed. People who have been living in Coligny for 60 years lost everything within 24 hours,” Meyer said. 

Meyer said not only shops were looted, but offices were set alight as well. 

He says it was "just grace" that the OK grocery store was still standing. 

According to Mokgwabone, 14 protesters had been arrested on Friday and seven on Monday in Lichtenburg, all on charges of public violence.  

"The offenders which were arrested on Friday, already appeared in court, where the case was postponed to May 2. Those who were arrested on Monday will appear in court for the first time on Wednesday," he said. 

Two of the trucks that were burnt by protesters. (Herman Meyer via Netwerk24)

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