R101 blocked due to protest actions

Roads to and from Modimolle were blocked by protestors

Leoni Kruger
MODIMOLLE — The R101 road was blocked on Friday 19 February due to protestors protesting about the shortage of water and levels of service delivery in general. The road between Modimolle and Mookgophong was closed for the best part of the day.
Members from Public Order Policing (POP) fired rubber bullets to disperse people.
According to Col. Ronel Otto, Limpopo SAPS spokesperson, five people received medical treatment for minor injuries, but no-one was killed.
A bus with athletes from Hoërskool Ellisras was on its way to Modimolle for a friendly athletics gathering when they were warned to turn back for their own safety. According to one of the teachers who accompanied them, there was no way that they could enter the town and guarantee the children’s safety.
Col. Otto says the protest came to an end at around 13:00 with the crowds dispersing. There were still some stones on the road, but vehicles could move again.
According to Col. Otto, on Tuesday 23 February, between 24:00 and 02:00, the mayor of Modimolle’s house was attacked with an assortment of objects. The gate lights were smashed, electric cables were cut and the gate dented.
The main road to Phagameng was barricaded with branches, stones and burning tyres. 14 people were arrested following the barricading of the R101 and other roads. By 11:16 on Tuesday, Col. Otto said the situation was still very tense with members of the SAPS firing rubber bullets and teargas to disperse the protestors. A satellite building belonging to the municipality was set alight as well as three houses belonging to police officials.

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