MEC calls for calm after protest

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Lethlabile - A North West MEC called for calm in Letlhabile, near Brits, after public violence erupted during an illegal protest on Tuesday, an official said.

Local government and traditional affairs acting MEC Paul Sebegoe urged residents not to destroy property or barricade roads during the protest, departmental spokeswoman Dineo Lolokwane said in a statement.

Lolokwane said the department would send a team of officials to the area to investigate residents' complaints.

Two women were arrested for public violence during the protest.

Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said rubber bullets were fired to disperse protesters when they marched towards the business area.

He said the group was demanding water, after taps ran dry at the weekend.

“They were promised that they will have water by Monday evening. This morning, when there was no water, they embarked on an illegal protest march.”

They barricaded the road passing through the township to Hebron.

Two women, both aged 35, were arrested for public violence.

No injuries were reported. Police were monitoring the situation. - Sapa

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