Police condemn violence — Mayor acts

GA-SELEKA — The SAPS Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Jan Scheepers, has condemned the ongoing violent protests in the Lephalale, Makhado and Giyani Clusters.

This condemnation follows the violent protest actions which erupted in Ga-Seleka area outside Lephalale last week.

A group of people, referring to themselves as the “Ga-Seleka concerned group” barricaded the D3110 road with their private vehicles. They then blocked the R572 road with stones, forcing a passing bus driver to surrender his keys with the intent to block the road with the bus.

These cars were then towed away by Police to the Police Station. The Police arranged for a spare key for the bus to relocate it to a safe location.

During this incident, some vehicles were damaged with stones.

Cases of public violence, intimidation and common robbery were opened but no arrests were made at the time of going to print.

“Lawlessness will not be tolerated 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 immediately in all the affected areas, not so, we are going to deal with all those who are involved decisively and without compromise,” concluded General Scheepers.

As a result of the unrests in Ga-Seleka, Lephalale Mayor, Cllr Moloko Jack Maeko, held a meeting with community structures of Seleka village regarding the on-going protests in the area on Tuesday 3 July.

In a press release, Lephalale Local Municipality stated that the meeting, which was aimed at discussing the current challenges surrounding the chieftaincy of Seleka, was successful.

The Mayor together with the MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Jerry Ndou, will address and advise the community of Seleka regarding these challenges on Thursday 5 July at Seleka Community Hall at 14:00.

“As the Municipality we are appealing to the community not to interfere or disrupt this process. We are further appealing that the community refrain from engaging in violent activities and preventing those who are working from going to work.”

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