Five held over Majakaneng protest

Brits - Five people were arrested in Majakaneng near Brits on Tuesday in connection with a recent protest, North West police said.

“The arrest follows intensive investigation on cases that were registered during Majakaneng community protests on February 27 and 28,” said Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone.

He said the five were arrested over arson, malicious damage to property, intimidation, assault common and public violence.

“Out of five suspects, one is facing a charge of public violence, another one is charged with arson while the other three are facing charges of arson, malicious damage to property, intimidation and common assault.”

He said they would appear in the Brits Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Residents of the village barricaded Old Pretoria Road and the N4 highway last month.

They were demanding water, proper roads and RDP houses.

A cement truck, a house belonging to a councillor and several cars were burnt. Shops were also looted during the protest.