School, police van set alight in Limpopo

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Angry community members allegedly burned a school and a police van in Zaaiplaas in Limpopo.

ZAAIPLAAS - A protest which began on Tuesday over service delivery turned violent on Friday as angry community members allegedly burned a school and a police van in Zaaiplaas in Limpopo.

"Following the burning of a police van and injuring one police officer, the Rehlahlilwe Primary School Administration block in Keerom in the Zaaiplaas area outside Groblersdal was burnt with all the contents inside. It is alleged that a group of community members went on a rampage and torched this building before running away. The Police were notified and responded immediately.

"Through their swift action, five suspects aged between 28 and 50 were arrested for public violence. Two separate incidents occurred on Thursday evening, 24 May 2018 and in the Zaaiplaas area outside Groblersdal when a police van was torched. One police constable was injured and the school administration block was also torched," police spokesperson Moatshe Ngoepe.

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Ngoepe revealed that two police officers were performing their normal duties when a group of community members attacked them with an assortment of objects including stones.

"This led to a police constable sustaining some injuries. Law Enforcement agencies were sent to the area and the situation has now been normalised but monitoring still continues. Cases of malicious damage to property, assault and arson were opened and investigations are continuing. The suspects in the first incident are still unknown and there are no arrests," he said.