Seven people arrested in Zeerust protest


 BY KEDIBONE MOLAETSI

SEVEN people were arrested after few businesses were attacked in a public violence at Zeerust on Monday.  

North West police spokesperson, Brig Sabata Mokgwabone said all suspects who are women will appear in Zeerust Magistrate’s Court soon. Mokgwabone said the suspects demanded answers from Ramotshere-Moiloa Local Municipality after they submitted a memorandum recently. 

“Situation is calm and we have high police visibility to maintain peace. Those who were arrested will appear at a local magistrate soon. Police investigation is underway,” he said.

DA has condemned the violent protest action and attacks on businesses in the Zeerust-area of the North West.

The party’s provincial chief whip, Jecqueline Theologo said the protest follows recent scenes of violence and unrest in Lichtenburg and Coligny.

“We urgently call upon the North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo and all political parties to refrain from sowing racial divisions that can fuel the situation.

“Incidents of looting and burning of property have been reported. The SAPS must swiftly bring order to these acts. At this stage, service delivery issues seem to be the root of the unhappiness,” Theologo said.

She said there was no reason to ransack and attack private businesses. Theologo added that anger towards government must be expressed by peaceful protests.

“We condemn actions whereby businesses are targeted. Businesses had to close their doors which will have a further negative impact on the local economy. We call upon the community to be calm and not to take the law into their own hands.

“Burning and looting will not resolve any issues, but it will rather contribute to the slow pace of economic development in the area,” she said.

Theologo said communities have a right to participate in protest actions if they adhere to the law. She said they hope that politicians will not further abuse this as a platform to divide community. 

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