Motherwell community leaders meet with police over yesterday's violence

AUGUST 19, 2015

Community leaders from Motherwell are reportedly still locked in a meeting with the Motherwell police in an effort to queil tensions after residents from different sections of the township fought each other on Tuesday afternoon.

Police had to fire rubber bullets to contain a violent face-off between the residents, which was sparked when Ward 54 residents gathered in the morning to stop NU 29 residents, who were threatening to burn a local primary school and a community hall in their demand for houses.

NU 29 reportedly eventually burnt two municipal trucks and a community hall.

Several residents were arrested in the violence. 

Around 300 Ward 54 members gathered at the Motherwell police station on Wednesday morning demanding the release of the arrested.

Nxanelwimfundo Primary school pupils had to go home early as there were new threats to burn the school. The police were patrolling at the school

Reports say that those arrested have been released on R500 bail each.