Protesters solicit bribes

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Protesting North West residents were soliciting bribes and stoning cars travelling between the Lesetlheng village and the Pilanesberg mine, police said on Friday.

“Drivers were allegedly requested to pay a certain amount of cash before they could be allowed to pass using that road,” said Warrant Officer Sam Tselanyane. The incident happened on Thursday night.

A bus belonging to Amandelbult mine was set alight, but no injuries were reported.

On Friday, the protesters approached Kgamanyane High School pupils and forced them to join the protest.

Tselanyane said school management had no choice but to release the pupils to go home. The school had to close for the day.

Two cases of malicious damage to property were opened.

The Lesetlheng community has been protesting since last week over the non-employment of villagers and retrenchments at the mine. - Sapa