21 Apr 2018, Potchefstroom: Regardless of two incidents in which attempts were made to burn properties late in the evening on Friday, 20 April 2018 and consequent to three days of violent protests in Mahikeng and surrounding villages, a relatively calm situation prevailed after the President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa had requested the community to remain calm.
It the first incident, a petrol bomb that caused minor damages, was thrown at a house belonging to traffic official in Magogwe Tar village. No one was injured during the incident.
In the second separate incident, a petrol bomb that was apparently meant to cause fire and damages to Mmabana Foundation building failed. This is the same building that was burnt on Thursday, 19 April 2018.
At this stage, despite visible objects that were used as barricades, traffic is flowing on most of the roads and allowing members of the community to travel to their destinations.
As part of the persistent effort to reassert the authority of the state, nine suspects were arrested on Friday, 20 April 2018, for public violence. They are expected to appear in the Mmabatho Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 23 April 2018. They will appear together with 14 other suspects that were arrested between Thursday, 19 and Friday, 20 April 2018.
Police are maintaining their presence in the area to ensure that the situation is stabilised.
The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane, urged the public to remain calm but vigilant and to report any criminal activities to the police that are committed under the pretext of community protest.