News 26.4.2017 12:02 pm

Four trucks set alight as unrest flares up again in Limpopo

One of the trucks burnt.

One of the trucks burnt.

The unhappy protesters are also grouping at various points, barricading roads.

Four trucks have been burnt in the Makhushane area outside Phalaborwa, Letaba Herald reports.

This comes after almost 50 people invaded the Makhushane depot, where trucks that transport goods to the mine parked on Tuesday, April 25.

Four trucks that belong to different companies were set on fire, and the security guard on duty, who was alone, fled the scene.

Seven other trucks were safely escorted out of the parking depot to the mine (PMC). Two other vehicles have since been set alight in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday, April 26.

One of the burned out trucks that was set alight.

One of the burned out trucks that was set alight.

READ MORE: Angry protesters damage Limpopo copper mine

Unrest flames up again around Phalaborwa. Photo: SAPS

Unrest flames up again around Phalaborwa. Photo: SAPS

The unhappy protesters are also grouping at various points, and roads were barricaded and blocked with burning tyres, stones and logs.

The situation is being closely monitored by Vispol members from Namakgale police, Lulekani and Phalaborwa. Back up from Public Order Policing in Giyani has been requested to assist local police enforcement.

The protest is associated to the previous demand of the removal of the CLO’s from PMC.

Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said: “Meanwhile police have launched a massive manhunt for the group, cases of malicious damage to property and public violence were opened and the situation is still being monitored. The preliminary investigations have revealed that the motive behind this situation is allegedly related to their previous concerns of complaints against the local mines.”

The suspects are still unknown and there is no arrest.

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Angry protesters damage Limpopo copper mine

Caxton News Service

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