By Angie Nkuna
GIYANI- The police in Limpopo have arrested a total of 23 suspects aged between 23 and 55 for incidents of public violence that have engulfed the areas of Mecklenburg, Modjadjiskloof and Zebediela in the recent days.
Community members in these affected areas went on a rampage, allegedly protesting against poor service delivery. The protesters used debris, stones, tree branches and burning tyres to barricade public roads and damaged properties.
In Mecklenburg nine suspects were arrested whilst five suspects were arrested in Zebediela. Modjadjiskloof at Mooketsi along the R81 road between Polokwane and Giyani nine suspects were arrested.
The suspects who were arrested in Modjadjieskloof will appear before the Bolobedu Magistrate Court today on charges of public violence, malicious damage to property, armed robbery and possession of suspected stolen properties.
The Provincial Commissioner LT. General Nneke Ledwaba has strongly condemned these violent protests.
Members of the community are urged to process their complaints to relevant authorities procedurally and legally rather than engaging into illegal and violent protests including damaging roads, damaging the passing cars and properties.
“It is believed that criminals are hiding behind these protests to carry out their criminal acts which is totally uncalled for and we are going to leave no stone unturned until all perpetrators of these crimes are brought to book,” concluded General Ledwaba.