Violent protests, community go on destructive rampage, Westenburg

South African Police Service

Violent protests, community go on destructive rampage, Westenburg
Violent protests, community go on destructive rampage, Westenburg. Photo: SAPS

The Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba condemns in the strongest possible terms the violent nature of public protests that were embarked upon by the community of Westenburg outside Polokwane.

Subsequent to these violent protests, eight suspects aged between 29 and 56 were today on 24 July 2018, arrested during skirmishes between the Westenburg Community members and the police.

The violent public protests commenced on Tuesday 24 July 2018, when the local community members went on the rampage, burning tyres and other debris, thereby blocking the public road linking Polokwane and surrounding areas.

Public Order Police members were deployed in the area to normalize the situation. Police had to use rubber bullets to disperse the rowdy protesters. One police member was injured when stones were thrown at the police.

The arrested suspects will face charges of Assault on police, Malicious Damage to Property and Contravention of Road Traffic Act and The Gatherings Act.

The police have meanwhile opened additional cases of Malicious Damage to Property after two police vehicles were this evening torched.

The suspects allegedly managed to cut the police station fence and threw flammable objects, setting alight a police van and a truck. They then fled the scene.

Anyone with information that can lead to the apprehension of the culprits is requested to call the Crime Stop number 086001011, or contact the nearest police.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service