Ten arrested during violent protests in Barkly West

POLICE arrested 10 people during violent protests in the Mataleng township in Barkly West, Northern Cape, a spokesperson said on Tuesday.

POLICE arrested 10 people during violent protests in the Mataleng township in Barkly West, Northern Cape, a spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Captain Tony Modise said protesters burned two shops owned by foreign nationals on Tuesday. The day before they burned five shops.

"The situation is tense as all roads in the township were barricaded and the only way to move around is in police Nyalas."

Roads in the township were blocked with stones, burning tyres, stop signs and other objects.

"There is a high presence of police in the area," Modise said.

Three schools in the township did not open on Tuesday because of the protests.

Residents are unhappy with service delivery at the Dikgatlong local municipality and want executive mayor Martha Louw to step down.

Northern Cape ANC leaders were said to have been in discussions with regional and local party officials and with leaders of concerned resident groups in an effort to resolve the issue.

It was reported that the protesters had planned a week of protest action until they received feedback from the provincial ANC executive committee on issues detailed in a memorandum handed over about a month ago.

Provincial ANC spokesperson Monwabisi Nkompela said he was shocked to see the rampage in the community that started on Monday, because "processes were ongoing" to address residents' concerns.

"The issues are receiving the highest attention by the leadership."

Party leaders were trying to resolve the issues on Tuesday . - Sapa

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