The South African Police Service Acting Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo, Major General Jan Scheepers has condemned the ongoing violent protests in the Lephalale area with the strongest possible terms.
This condemnation follows the violent protest actions which erupted in Ga-Seleka area outside Lephalale until Wednesday morning.
“A group of people calling themselves “Ga-Seleka concerned group” barricaded the D3110 road with their private vehicles and they further went to R572 road which is going to Ga-Seleka Community hall and blocked it with stones,” said Police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe.
He said the group then forced a passing bus driver to give them the keys which they intended to block the road with it.
“Police towed these cars to the Police Station. The Police arranged for the spare key for the bus and took it away to town for safety. They also cleared all the roads,” said Ngoepe.
Ngoepe said during this situation, protesters damaged cars with stones, but at this stage, there are no other reported incidents of damage to properties or injuries.
“Cases of public violence, intimidation, and common robbery were opened, there is no arrest at this stage but the manhunt is still on,” added Ngoepe.
“We will not tolerate lawlessness in this Province and therefore, members of the community are once more advised and encouraged to follow the due processes in case they are having complaints or concerns. We are calling for calmness in the area, not so, we will deal with all those who are involved decisively and without compromise,” added General Scheepers.