This bakkie was burnt during an illegal protest in Boitumelong near Bloemhof.

Rustenburg - A bakkie was burnt and shops looted during an illegal protest in Boitumelong near Bloemhof, North West police said on Wednesday.

Police spokesperson Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said residents of Boitumelong had barricaded the N12 road with objects on Tuesday during an illegal protest. Four teenagers, aged 14 to 16, were arrested.

“A Nissan 1400 bakkie was torched in the process during the early hours, while goods were also looted from several foreign national-owned shops at Extension 4, in Boitumelong township,” he said.

He said traffic was flowing smoothly on the N12 on Wednesday after earlier reports that vehicles had been pelted with stones.

Pupils were ordered to return home, apparently due to security fears, while police were continuing to monitor the situation.