Burgersfort protest actions, police warn community

South African Police Service

Burgersfort protest actions, police warn community
Burgersfort protest actions, police warn community. Photo: SAPS

The Limpopo Police once more warn community members to stop acts of violence and vigilantism during protests.

This warning follows the protest actions which erupted in the Tubatse Policing area outside Burgersfort this morning on 13 March 2018, which led to the torching of a bus.

The damage caused during this incident is estimated to over a million of rand. There are no reported injuries or fatalities at this stage. The R37 road near Ribacross village was barricaded with debris, rocks and burning tyres but the Public Order Police managed to contain the situation.

Cases of malicious damage to property and public violence were opened and there is no arrest yet. The motive behind this protest action is not clear at this stage and the police investigations are still continuing.

The SAPS Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has reiterated his earnest call that members of the community must embrace and respect the laws of this country in all aspects.

When you exercise your democratic rights during protests, you must do so responsibly. Protesters must respect the rights of other people including freedom of movement. This tendency is also damaging the spirit of Community Policing which prevails since the dawn of Democracy in this Country.

You cannot engage in violent protests to raise your complaints or concerns and further by damaging other people’s properties. This is pure criminality and it will be dealt with mercilessly and without compromise, concluded General Ledwaba.

Anyone with information which can lead to the arrest of these perpetrators, may contact Colonel Lazarus Ngele at 082 573 3645 or the Crime Stop number 0860010111 or the SMS Crime Line at 32211 or Tubatse Police Station at 013 2168 500 or the nearest Police Station.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service