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Five arrested for Bathurst violence that saw homes and cars torched

Feb 11, 2019
Five arrested for Bathurst violence that saw homes and cars torched

Eastern Cape police have condemned the torching of five homes and four vehicles at Bathurst, near Port Alfred, on Sunday night while nine people were treated at a local hospital following violent protests that erupted on Sunday afternoon.

"It is alleged that the incidents started at approximately 17:00 when local political party agents took part in a motorcade," said police spokesperson, Brigadier Thembinkosi Kinana.

"During the motorcade, groups of community members started stoning vehicles and attacking members of the community.

"At the same time, reports were received of a house that was set alight."

Brig Kinana said that a short while later, three more reports were received of homes being burnt.

Five suspects arrested for Bathurst violence 

"Reports of four vehicles that were also apparently burnt were received," he added. 

"Several cases including arson, malicious damage to property and assault have been opened for investigation.

"Five suspects, aged between 20 and 55, have been arrested and more arrests are imminent."

Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner,  Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga, condemned "these cowardly acts" of arson.

“We cannot allow people to burn or torch other peoples’ houses or property despite any disagreements or reasons," said Lt Gen Ntshinga. The 72-hour Activation Plan has been implemented to investigate, track, arrest and bring to justice those suspected and responsible for such violent acts within this community."

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