Bus torched as communities protest for jobs

RIBA CROSS

Motorists are driving with fear on the R37 road. In the past three weeks, a bus and a truck were torched on the busy road. According to the residents, they are demanding jobs in the local mines.

The Limpopo Police once more warned community members to stop acts of violence and vigilantism during protests.

According to the Limpopo police spokesman Lt Col Moatshe Ngoepe the damaged caused during this protests is estimated to over a million rands. There are no reported injuries or fatalities at this stage.

“The R37 road near Riba Cross village was barricaded with rubbles, rocks and burning tyres but the Public Order Police managed to contain the situation. Cases of malicious damage to property and public violence were opened and there is no arrest yet. The motive behind this protest action is not clear at this stage and the police investigations are still continuing,” said Ngoepe.

 

The Saps Provincial Commissioner Lt. General Nneke Ledwaba has reiterated his earnest call that members of the community must embrace and respect the laws of this country in all aspects.

“When you exercise your democratic rights during protests, you must do that responsibly. Protesters must respect the rights of other people including freedom of movement. This tendency is also damaging the spirit of Community Policing which prevails since the dawn of Democracy in this Country.

“You cannot engage in violent protests to raise your complaints or concerns and further by damaging other people’s properties. This is pure criminality and it will be dealt with mercilessly and without compromise,” concluded Ledwaba.

Anyone with information which can lead to the arrest of these perpetrators, may contact Colonel Lazarus Ngele at 082 573 3645 or the crime stop number 0860010111 or the crime SMS line 32211 or Tubatse Police Station at 013 216 8 500 or the nearest Police Station

Thapelo Motseo

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