Mob torches police homes

Date: 14 Jun 2007
The SAPS sent re-enforcements to a rural township in North West yesterday after it erupted in violence that saw at least one death and the torching of three policemen’s houses. Reports said a young man was brought to the state hospital in Wolmaransstad from the township of Tselelang for treatment of a suspected bullet wound, after he was seen in the vicinity of one of the burning houses. He died soon afterwards. By mid-afternoon, 23 people had been arrested in Tswelelang, which has been experiencing sporadic violence for several months. It is unrelated to the public service strike. One of the three houses was apparently burnt to the ground. Two belong to permanent SAPS members and the third to a reservist. The N12 to Cape Town and a secondary road leading out of Wolmaransstad to the neighbouring town of Makwassie were both closed to traffic as a result of stone-throwing incidents. Last month, former North West Developmental Local Government MEC Phenye Vilakazi announced there were grounds for protesters’ claims of nepotism in the Maquassie Hills Local Municipality. He said a preliminary investigation confirmed the grievances of protesters. At the time, the municipality was ordered to stop all new appointments until further notice. By Cathy Thompson The Citizen 14/06/07