BuzzSouthAfrica has been informed about the arrest of six people involved in the torching of a Limpopo police station.
From our gathering, the incident happened on Tuesday night after community members from Phadzima village gathered and blocked the road leading to the police station.
Confirming this, police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo related that the Limpopo police station was reduced to ashes and, that the community members were protesting the disappearance of Mavis Mabala (25) who was earlier declared missing.
“The police building was completely gutted and the police vans, that were recently allocated to the station, were also burnt,” said Brigadier Mojapelo. “… Members on duty tried to repel them by firing some shot but were in the process overwhelmed by the mob of about 700,” he added.
According to the Brigadier, the station was initially a satellite station.
“The building was initially used as a satellite police station,” he said. “It was the same community that made a call and demanded that it be converted into a fully fledged police station. The call was answered as it meant taking policing services closer to the people,” wailed Mojapelo.
Already, more police officers have been deployed to the area to manage the crisis and hunt down those responsible for the torching of the police station.
While six suspects have been arrested, police expressed that more arrests are expected.
Meanwhile, it has emerged that the protest over housing in the south of Johannesburg has extended to Finetown and the surroundings of Lenasia South.
It is said that community members have blocked the Golden Highway route and the road leading into the township.
Commenting on the protests happening in several places across the country, the Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula warned that he wouldn’t condone the criminal acts coming with the agitations.
However, the police minister urged crime fighters to exercise restraint in managing the protests.