Eight people have been arrested for public violence following service delivery protests at Thembalethu and surrounding areas at George in the Southern Cape.

Residents of Lawaaikamp, Borcherds and Parkdene have joined in on the action, and are being kept at bay by police.

Earlier, at least two trucks were set alight and looted on the N2 between the Garden Route Mall and Pacaltsdorp. The road remains closed to traffic.

Police spokesperson, Malcolm Pojie says, “Eight arrests have been made for public violence in connection with the protests since three this morning. There’s still sporadic flare-ups, stone throwing and blockading of roads in the different areas. Some of the scenes are being cleared up at the moment.”

 

Meanwhile, the ANC in the Dullah Omar region has condemned as a criminal act the vandalism and partial burning of the OR Tambo Sports Complex in Khayelitsha, in Cape Town, on Tuesday night.

The incident happened following a service delivery protest in the area.

ANC provincial leader, Xolani Sotashe, visited the multi-purpose complex to assess the extent of the damage.

Sotashe, who is the leader of the opposition in the City of Cape Town, has appealed to members of the local community to help in identifying what he termed “criminals elements”

 

“What we cannot condone is the destruction of property, people must refrain from destroying the property, we are with them in terms of their struggles, but let us not allow criminals to hijack their struggles, so they must help us to identify people who have stolen the iron sheets from this hall, computers and fridges, we can’t allow that kind of a situation.”