21 Apr 2017, Lichtenburg: Protesters threw chicks from a truck in Lichtenburg on Friday morning, drove over them and burned the rest of the 40 000 chicks alive. About 300 people from Blydeville in Lichtenburg, started the service delivery process early this morning. Several access routes to the town have been closed since early morning after three trucks were burned and another 8 vehicles were thrown with stones.
Brig. Sabata Mokgwabone, North West police spokesperson, said five people were arrested.
Armed police members in bulletproof jackets waited along one of the sideroads. Shots were fired every now and then while one of the trucks was loaded with bags, protesters kept their distance... But not for long!
Reason for protest: Protesters demand houses, a clinic and other services.
Many people who were on their way to the Young Farm Conference in Lichtenburg had to turn around.
Angry protesters threw some of the chicks out onto the road surface and drove over them. The truck was set alight with the rest of the living chicks.
NWK Agricultural Strategy manager, Mr Ertjies Jacobs, said the truck with chicks was on-route to a farmer in the area.
"The farmer will have to wait at least three weeks before we can provide chicks again because they are delivered to order. The damage to the truck alone amounts to about R1 million. The loss of chicks is about R200 000. The destruction of the chick truck has a huge impact on the farmer and our own finances, Jacobs said"
"The destruction of property has a negative impact on local economic stability and job creation. Agriculture is the backbone of the economy and job creation in the Lichtenburg area."
SAPS said that 5 People between the ages of 26 & 43 were arrested. Motorists were advised not to use R503. Traffic Police & POP continues to monitor the area.
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