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SANDF staffer among people arrested for public violence

- JONISAYI MAROMO

A MEMBER of the SANDF is among seven people arrested by police in Limpopo following public violence in Phalaborwa, Namakgale and Lulekane last week.

At the height of the disturbanc­es, the town of Phalaborwa was almost deserted when protesters using tree branches, burning tyres and rocks blocked several roads, Limpopo police spokesman Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said.

“The violent protests hugely disrupted tranquilli­ty in the affected areas as children could not go to school, people could not go to work and shops were closed. More police members had to be deployed to quell the violence,” Mojapelo said.

“The suspects, aged between 23 and 53, were arrested during the targeted raids that were conducted at identified locations.”

He said the first people to be arrested over the violence were Peter Malatji, aged 50, and 35-year-old Mavis Malatji who were picked up on Monday. “The woman collapsed in court soon after they were remanded in custody and had to be rushed to hospital”.

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