North West residents protest for water

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Johannesburg - Residents of Mokgola village near Zeerust have blockaded roads during a protest for water, North West police said on Sunday.

Captain Pelonomi Makau said the protests began on Friday and had been peaceful so far.

“We have not made any arrests but police are present and are diverting traffic from the site, keeping a close eye on the situation,” Makau said.

Residents had blockaded roads around the village, about 20km from Zeerust, and part of the N4 leading to a nearby border post to Botswana.

“What I know is that they have so far used rocks, tree trunks and water tanks to blockade the road,” Makau said.

A motorist told Sapa that two large JoJo water tanks were blocking the road.

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She police had told her the road had been blocked for the past three days.

Police said the residents refused to be addressed by the local mayor on Saturday.

They wanted Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa speak to them.

Makau said there were no reported damages or injuries.

Officials of the Ramotshere Moiloa local municipality and Ngaka Modiri Molema district municipality were not immediately available for comment. - Sapa

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