Police have arrested five people following violent protest along R572 road between Lephalale and Swartwater in Ga-Seleka, Limpopo in which three cargo trucks and a bus were burnt.
Scores of angry villagers on Tuesday evening went on the rampage and barricaded the main road used by local people to and from work in a protest against the axing of acting chief.
Police Spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the suspects aged between 20 and 35 will appear in the Phalala Magistrate’s Court in Witpoort charged with damage to property.
“The angry mob is fighting over chieftainship in the area,” said Mojapelo.
Mojapelo said the road was closed to motorists for hours while Lephalale Municipality workers were caught up with clearing the blockades.
The situation remained tense but calm on Wednesday, as villagers continue to stay away from work.
The South African Police Service Provincial Commissioner in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has condemned in the strongest possible terms the violent nature of the protest as manifested by the Ga-Seleka communities and has urged everyone in the area to respect the rule of law by staging peaceful protest actions.
Mojapelo said police investigations are continuing.