Community members in various areas of Mpumalanga woke up to barricaded streets and burning tyres in areas such as Newskom/Zwelisha and Barberton in Mbombela, Mzinti and Langeloop in Nkomazi, Kwaggafontein and KwaMhlanga in Nkangala. Most of the protests were without violence and were easily quelled by diligent members of the police as well as the respective Municipal Law Enforcement personnel, except for the one in Nkangala which was marred by violence.
During the violent protest, a government vehicle was torched, two others damaged, offices vandalised and computers stolen. Foreign-owned shops were also looted in the fracas that erupted today.
The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma cautioned against violent protest by members of the community as a result of any dissatisfaction, be it service-delivery related or whatsoever. General Zuma’s caution comes in the wake of sporadic protest action, some of it violent, which was experienced in most parts of the province today
Police have arrested more than 20 people for public violence and malicious damage to property cases and will appear in court soon.General Zuma reminded members of the community that barricading roads and limiting the free movement of people is against the law, so does forcing people to participate in any action against their will.