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17 arrested following violent service delivery protest in Stutterheim

Nov 1, 2018
17 arrested following violent service delivery protest in Stutterheim

Seventeen suspects have been arrested for public violence and malicious damage to property following violent service protests at Mlungisi Township in Stutterheim on Thursday.

"This afternoon at about 13h00, a truck that was carrying juice was set alight by a group of protesters," said police spokesperson, Captain Siphokazi Mawisa.

"The SAPS are monitoring the situation and patrolling the surrounding areas."

No persons have been injured.

"These acts of criminality are strongly condemned and police will continue to take a zero tolerance approach against the perpetrators," said Brigadier Luntu Ngubelanga the King Williamstown Cluster Commander.

Although the road is open, sporadic incidents are being reported.

"Motorists are advised to use alternative routes until the situation normalises."

The arrested suspects are due to appear at Stutterheim Magistrate's Court soon.

Two suspects were arrested for the violence on Wednesday morning.

About two weeks ago, 16 suspects appeared before the Stutterheim Magistrate's Court following deadly service delivery protests that saw the destruction of public infrastructure.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape has since called for the Amahlathi Local Municipality to be placed under administrationciting the recent violent service delivery protests that happened in Stutterheim.

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