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The group torches freight trucks in protest against ousted chief

Three cargo trucks and a bus were torched during violent protest in Ga-Seleka on Tuesday night.

It alleged a group of protesters barricaded R572 Lephalale-Groblersbrug road near Phalala River in protest against the removal of acting Kgosi Phetogo David Seleka.

Police Spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo confirmed the incident.

“Police were on the scene investigating the incident in which three trucks and a bus were torched by protesting group of people in Ga-Seleka,” said Mojapelo.

The group protesters went on the rampage allegedly after they were told that Premier Mathabatha was unable to meet them, to intervene in the dispute to safe their ousted chief.

Lephalale Local Municipality  Mayor Jack Moloko Maeko denied the Premier was scheduled to meet with the Forum.

Maeko said on Thursday last week, he got a letter from the Community Forum led by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Councillor Jan Moselane asking for an urgent intervention in the chieftaincy dispute at Ga-Seleka.

Maeko said he wrote to both Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha and Corporative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs MEC        Jerry Ndou and attach their letter.

On Friday said Maeko, he got a call from Polokwane confirming they will send a team to take care of the issue on Tuesday.

“On Monday morning I got a call from the chairperson of the Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders, Kgoshi Malesela Dikgale that he was supposed to meet with the community on Tuesday but the meeting has been postponed in light of the fact that the royal family won’t be available since they were preparing a court case. They have asked that the meeting be deferred to Tuesday next week,” said Maeko.

Maeko said he immediately contacted embattled Kgosi Seleka and the Forum to which they concurred, saying instead they went to the Community Hall on Tuesday to hold a gathering.

  • Fleetwatch has warned truckers traveling from Botswana, Swartwater and from Steiloop should avoid using the R572 and use the N11 and other roads from it. Those who are from Lephalale can use R518 and other roads.

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