Circulating reports have it that cars and foreign-owned shops have been looted and torched during electricity price protests in Bela Bela, Limpopo.
As learnt, the electricity price protest picked up again in the night after it was subdued when the Mayor’s car was torched yesterday’s afternoon.
A local municipal councilor confirmed the unrest relating that foreign-owned spaza shops were looted throughout the night after Mayor Jeremiah Ngobeni’s car was torched.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the protest not just over the electricity price hikes. The demonstrators were equally pissed about a missing corruption report.
According to DA’s Thinus Ras, members of the community were angered by a decision to raise electricity rates to R500. And as well, annoyed that a KPMG report into corruption in the municipality hasn’t been publicized.
BusinessDay quoted Ras to have said: “the community is very upset. There is quite a lot of chaos (and) the mayor is currently in hiding.”
Ras added that he got reports about live ammunition being fired while community members looted foreign-owned spaza shops in the area.
“I don’t know exactly what happened,” he said. “But live ammunition was shot at the guys who turned against the community and informed the police where the looters were.”
Speaking for Limpopo police, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo offered that the situation is now relatively calm.
Brigadier Mojapelo said the police never got any report about the looting of foreign-owned spaza shops.
“We also heard those reports but they were not reported to us. We are treating it as speculation since they haven’t come to open any cases,” he uttered.
But then, promised that the police would follow-up the reports of looting , the use of live ammunition and ultimately, manage the unrest.