Johannesburg - A motorist was pelted with stones and his car set on fire during a service delivery protest in Hlohlokwe, near Bolobedu outside Tzaneen, Limpopo police said on Monday.

Residents blocked the road with rocks on Sunday, the police brought the situation under control and the protesters left, Lt-Col Moatshe Ngoepe said.

The road links the Hlohlokwe and Mawa villages. He said the road was not cleared on Sunday as a bulldozer was needed to remove objects from the road.

“A motorist who was not aware of the protest tried to open a way for himself to pass through on Sunday night and he was pelted with stones. He was attacked and his car set alight,” he said.

The motorists and three occupants escaped unharmed. Police found them in the bush around 4am on Monday. A case of public violence and malicious damage to property was opened. No arrests had been made.

“We are not going to leave any stone unturned. Those responsible will be brought to book,” he said.

A special task team had been established to track down the perpetrators. More police had been deployed to the area to monitor the situation.