January 27, 2016

#BlackViolenceContinuesInSA: Violent protests flare up in Lusikisiki

Port Elizabeth - 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 last week Friday over service delivery complaints.

Godlwana said residents from ward 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 Magwa Plantation had been blocked by black protesters

“A councillor’s house was set alight yesterday, a car was set alight and a councillor was assaulted,” said Godlwana.
The three councillors have since fled their homes and are in a place of safety.
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.