Rustenburg - Police have arrested nine "service delivery" protesters including a man who was caught on video operating a "hijacked" excavator, which he used to dig up roads between Klerksdorp and Potchefstroom.
The protesters were arrested for public violence and malicious damage to public property, North West police said on Thursday.
Colonel Adele Myburgh said the suspects - three women and six men aged between 18 and 46 - were arrested on Wednesday.
"The suspects’ court appearance stems from their arrests at Extension 11, Ikageng Location outside Potchefstroom following violent protests in the early hours on Wednesday, 26 June 2019," said Myburgh.
"It is alleged that approximately 300 residents of Extension 11, barricaded N12 road with various objects since 05:00 in the morning on Wednesday, 26 June 2019.