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Kanana protesters arrested

Orkney - Thirty five people were arrested on Thursday for public violence, arson and malicious damage to property in Kanana, near Orkney, North West police said.

Protesters partially burnt the local municipality offices and pelted windows with stones on Wednesday and Thursday, Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said.

Others barricaded roads with burning tyres and looted a number of shops owned by foreign nationals.

Mokgwabone said one of the shops and a bottle store were burnt down.

He said protesters damaged two police vehicles by breaking the windscreens.

“The protesters allegedly went to schools in the township in the morning today, disrupted classes and forced learners to join the protests,” he said.

Thirteen women and 22 men, aged between 15 and 39, were arrested between Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon. Two minors, both aged 15, were also arrested.

They were expected to appear in the Klerksdorp Magistrate's Court, Mokgwabone said.

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