40 ‘violent ' rioters arrested

Date: 01 Mar 2007
Mobs smashed, burned and looted mostly foreign-owned shops and clashed with police in Lichtenburg’s townships during a day of violence yesterday. More than 40 residents had been arrested by late afternoon. The riots that started the previous night continued unabated yesterday, spilling over from Boikhutso to neighboring Blydeville. “We have initiated various actions to curb the violence,” North West police spokesman Supt Louis Jacobs said late yesterday afternoon. “The situation has calmed down, but it is still tense and we don’t know what to expect during the night.” On Tuesday night, an attack on an electrical sub-station left the township in darkness. Police used rubber bullets at times to disperse the crowd. The 40 arrests were for public violence, housebreaking and malicious damage to property, Sup Jacobs said. By Cathy Thompson The Citizen 01/03/07