Vehicles burnt in protest

Published May 31, 2012

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A police car and a municipal vehicle were destroyed when they were set alight during a protest against the mayor in Musina, Limpopo police said on Thursday.

“Members from the Musina Residents' Committee started blocking the road between Musina and the Venetia mine at approximately 10pm on Wednesday,” Lieutenant-Colonel Ronel Otto said.

Several other vehicles were also damaged when protesters stoned them.

Otto said the area had been hit by protests in recent months, with residents demanding the dismissal of mayor Carol Phiri and her council. They wanted the area's former municipal manager to return to his post.

No one was injured and no arrests had been made by Thursday morning.

“Police members from Musina succeeded in defusing the situation and patrolled the affected area throughout the night.”

On Thursday morning, the atmosphere in the area was tense and more police officers would be sent there over the weekend.

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Simon Mpembe condemned the violence.

“Although we respect the right of people to protest, we will not tolerate criminal elements and people violating the law that is in place to protect other people and their properties,” he said. – Sapa

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