Residents of Tsetsi village, in Free State, torched a councillor’s home over apparent dissatisfaction with last week’s election results, police said today.
“At 6.45pm on Thursday (yesterday) we had a crowd who set alight the councillor’s house in the area, destroying the dining and living room,” said Sergeant Najang Mosupa.
“We haven’t arrested anyone for the crime yet, but police are patrolling the area following protests the whole week. The situation is currently calm,” she said.
On Monday, residents apparently started barricading two roads in the village with stones and burning tyres.
Two men were arrested on Tuesday and a woman on Wednesday for public violence.
They appeared in the Tsetsi Magistrates Court and the case was postponed until June 29.
The SABC reported today that residents were angry about elections and were disputing the results in their ward.
The Dikwankwetla Party apparently won the ward in the initial counting, but a third recount declared the ward as the ANC’s.