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19 April 2018
MEC Motlhabane calls for calmness and requests Mahikeng communities to be on the lookout

North West MEC for Community Safety and Transport Management, Dr Mpho Motlhabane appeals to residents of Mahikeng and the surrounding communities to be on the lookout amid continuing violent protests.

The Departmental MEC says there is an element of criminality on the protests and residents are urged to remain calm, exercise caution and stay indoors as much as possible for their safety and security.

“We have observed that there are certain individuals who are taking advantage of the current situation to commit crime. We are appealing to communities to stay away from these illegal protests to avoid finding themselves on the wrong side of the law.

“While citizens do have the right to protest, that must be done peacefully, within the framework of the law and not to loot from shops as well as damaging of private properties,” said Motlhabane who pleads to protesters to refrain from attacking and forcing other people to join the riots.

The MEC further pleads with residents to remain in their houses and ensure that children are also in safe places to avoid unnecessary injuries and attacks.

“Let us remain in our houses for safety and avoid going to volatile areas because your safety will be compromised,” he said.

Motorists are also requested to cooperate with law enforcement authorities who are monitoring the situation. “Although our law enforcement authorities are working around the clock to bring calm, it is important that our people especially road users cooperate fully when diverted to other routes,” requested MEC Motlhabane.

Rather than participating in illegal activities, communities are requested to alert the police about any eruption of protests or where situations are getting worse in their respective residing areas.

As part of bringing calm, the police are maintaining presence in the area following violent protests in Montshioa and Ramosadi where a bus was set alight. Subsequently, one person was arrested for public violence.


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