Protests mushrooming in North West Province MEDIA STATEMENT FROM THE NORTH WEST PROVINCIAL MEDIA CENTRE: CORPORATE COMMUNICATION: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE

Moroleng: The north west province has been dominated by sporadic incidents of Public violence since the 30 of May 2012. Yesterday alone the North West Police reported six villages involved in four days of ongoing public violence in certain parts of the province. We can now confirm that the number of villages involved in public unrest has increased. Seven more villages joined in and barricaded their roads with stones, bushes and burning tyres. The number of arrests remains the same with 20 people are arrested so far. The situation is tense and the Public Order Policing Unit (POP) is monitoring the situation.

Kanana Village: At about 18:00 on Thursday night, 2012-06-07,public violence intensified again and more roads were barricaded. However it is worth mentioning that this time it appeared like it was the youth who were on the illegal rolling action and that adults in the community were hardly participating. The Police in Kanana worked throughout the night, clearing the barricaded roads and escorting cars in and out of Kanana village. Four cars were stoned, no major incidents recorded and no arrest  made today.

Manokwane village: It was during the day today that protests action erupted in Manokwane Village in Taung. The community started barricading the roads with stones and tree branches. When police approached them to find out what could have led to the action, the crowd responded with stones. It is suspected that the community is unhappy with service delivery as they are currently struggling with water in the area. Police continue to monitor the situation

Mahikeng: On 6 June 2012 at about 20:20, the community in Mahikeng were unhappy about service delivery and a truck loaded with chickens was attacked with stones and looted. The road between Mahikeng and Zeerust was barricaded. The railway line between Zeerust and Mahikeng was also affected. The situation subsided into the morning.

Lomanyaneng: On 7 June 2012, at about 10:00, Lomanyaneng community gathered in the streets and embarked on an approved march to hand over their memorandum. It is alleged that the mayor did not show up and that angered the protestors. The peaceful march turned into public violence at about 10:00. The Setlopo/Utlwanang Road were barricaded and had to be cleared. No arrests were made and police are monitoring the situation.
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