The Ottoshoop post office was set alight during a protest on Monday, as residents barricaded the R49 road and pelted motorist with stones. A police building was also stoned. Picture: Facebook

Rustenburg - A post office was torched and a 30-year-old woman arrested for public violence following a protest in Ottoshoop near Mahikeng on Monday, North West police said.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said an unconfirmed number of Ottoshoop community members barricaded the R49 road between Mahikeng and Zeerust and set alight a local post office.

"They also pelted a police station and a house used to accommodate police officers with stones. This led to damages of window panes of the said buildings. Following barricading of the R49 with burning tyres and other objects, the road was temporarily closed," he said.

"A 30-year-old female suspect has been arrested for public violence, malicious damage to property and Contravention of the National Road Traffic Act, 1996. She is expected to appear in the Zeerust Magistrate's Court soon."

It is believed the protest was related to the issue of electricity.

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