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Police arrested suspects in connection with public violence and damage to property in Ga-Seleka.

Police arrests damage to property suspects

Five people have been arrested for public violence and damage to property in Ga-Seleka village outside Lephalale on Sunday night, bringing the number to seven.

Violence over the chieftaincy dispute erupted on Tuesday last week as residents called on the Royal Family to re-instate their unseated acting Kgosi Phetogo David Seleka.

Tempers flared when Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha did not pitch up to resolve the dispute.

It alleged a group of protesters barricaded R572 Lephalale-Groblersbrug road near Phalala River, burning three cargo trucks and a bus.

Provincial Police Spokesperson Superintendent Moatshe Ngoepe confirmed the arrest of five suspects.

“Lephalale Cluster detectives including Public Order Policing conducted the operation at Ga-Seleka on suspects involved in public violence and malicious damage to property as per Witpoort which led to the arrest of five people. They will appear before Phalala Magistrate’s Court soon,” said Ngoepe.

This follows the arrest of five people, two of them charged with public violence and damaged to property.

They appeared in court on Friday.

They are out on R1000 each, pending further investigations.

Meanwhile, Police arrested a group of youth allegedly after they tied a foreign national shop owner, robbed him of R15 000 in cash including R25 00 worth of grocery.

Police said the details of the robbery incident were not complete as they still investigating.

Spokesperson Kutter Seleka said axed Chief Phetogo Seleka has condemned the recent violent protest in the strongest possible terms in which three cargo trucks and a bus were burnt.

“The chief has asked them to refrain from the violent protest because it will seem as if he ordered the group to go on the rampage to destroy property,” said Seleka.

Lephalale Police spokesperson Captain Frans Mokwena said they are expecting more arrests.

Mokwena added that the situation is tense but calm.

“Police contingent has been deployed in the area to monitor the situation,” said Mokwena.


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