Residents of the Princess informal settlement near Roodepoort protest on Albertina Sisulu Road (Formerly Main Reef Road).Residents are protesting a lack of housing and service delivery in the area. Picture: Wesley Fester 210114

Rustenburg - Two people were arrested for public violence in Tlhabane near Rustenburg following a service delivery protest, North West police said on Tuesday.

“The suspects were arrested after the community of Tlhabane barricaded the road from Phokeng to Lefaragatlha village on Monday, in protest of service delivery and shortage of water in the area,” said police spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko.

“It is alleged that approximately 5 000 community members barricaded the road with burning tyres and stones. According to the information, the community allegedly damaged three vehicles and six robots [traffic lights] in the area.”

He said more arrests were expected as the police were continuing with the investigation.

“At the moment the situation is calm and police are monitoring the situation.”

North West acting provincial police commissioner, Major General Jacob Tsumane, condemned the actions and appealed to residents in Tlhabane to use relevant platforms to address their dissatisfaction over service delivery.

“Damage of property and disturbing the flow of traffic will not be tolerated,” said Tsumane.