Violent protests flare up in Lusikisiki

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MTHATHA – Police in Lusikisiki are maintaining a strong presence at a violent service delivery protest, Eastern Cape police said on Wednesday afternoon.

Police Spokesperson Captain Mduduzi Godlwana said the protest started on Friday.

Godlwana said residents from wards 16, 20 and 21 were burning tyres and throwing stones.

He said the R61 between the town and Port St Johns as well as the road towards the Magwa tea plantation had been blocked by the protesters.

“A councillor’s house was set alight yesterday, a car was set alight and (the) councillor was assaulted,” said Godlwana.

All three councillors have since fled their homes.

Godlwana said about 2,000 residents took to the streets to protest on Wednesday.

He added that a helicopter was currently circling the area.

“We have arrested two people on charges of public violence and damage to property at this stage. Provincial police spokesperson Major General Zamutango Mki is in a meeting with the municipality,” said Godlwana.