Polokwane - Residents of Botlokwa in Limpopo pelted cars with stones and barricaded the N1 on Wednesday, Limpopo police said.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said residents wanted to remove the chairman of the traditional council.

He said on Monday a group called Botlokwa Community Safety wanted to march, but the municipality declined the request because due processes were not followed.

“Today (Wednesday) at 9am they gathered at traditional council with the view of removing the chairman forcefully.”

He said public order police dispersed the crowd, which went to the N1 to barricade the freeway between Polokwane and Louis Trichardt.

Shops belonging to foreign nationals were looted and cars were stoned.

“The situation is now under control. Cars are able to move in and out of the area.

“We however want to emphasise that anarchy in communities will not be allowed and we will not hesitate to arrest those taking the law into their hands.”

Mulaudzi said the cluster commander was facilitating dialogue between the municipality, the traditional council and the concerned group to find a solution to the issue raised.

Sapa