BuzzSouthAfrica has been informed that Polokwane anti drug protests turned violent and led to the destruction of property.
As learnt, four cars have so far, been torched in the protests. Also, businesses in the area were forced to shut down after protesters vandalized foreign-owned shops.
Reports have it that residents stormed the streets chanting anti-drug songs.
Confirming this, police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe related that the protests started yesterday. The police spokesperson uttered that the reason behind the protests are still unknown to the police.
Adding that no arrests have been made, Lieutenant-Colonel Ngoepe remarked that police is waiting for the victim of the protests to approach them and open cases. Also, Ngoepe refuted claims that the attacks were xenophobic.
Commenting on Polokwane anti drug protests, SAPS said:
“The Police in Polokwane have launched a manhunt for the suspects who are involved in the public violence and malicious damage to properties which occurred between yesterday and today.
This incident occurred along Boom Street emanating from a conflict between the two rival groups where two cars were burnt to ashes and the other five were damaged.
Members of the Community are therefore requested to remain calm and assist the Police to arrest all the suspects who are involved in this incidents. Anyone with information is urged to contact Call Crime Stop on 08600 10111.”
Meanwhile, SAPS charged South Africans to be crime conscious and aware of crime opportunities at all times.
According to SAPS, the following tips would help South Africans avoid becoming a victim of a crime. “By taking a few simple precautions, you can reduce the risk to yourself, and discourage those who commit crimes,” SAPS stated and, listed:
- Never walk around alone and don’t talk to strangers. Be on the lookout for strange cars or people.
- Walk in well-lit busy streets and in a group, if possible.
- Make sure your home is secure, and become a member of an armed response service. Be sure that you know all the emergency numbers or have them displayed in an accessible area.
- Always let someone know where you are going and how long you will be gone. But think twice before advertising your impending absence on social media. Criminals also have access to Facebook and Twitter.
- Know all emergency numbers.
- Trust your instinct.
- Avoid going to a congested street where you cannot even walk properly, that is where you will find criminals pickpocketing.
- Avoid displaying valuables where criminals can see them.