Kimberley police maintain tight presence following protests

Kimberly residents
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There’s a large police presence in Galeshewe and Greenpoint townships in Kimberley in the Northern Cape, where commuters have been left stranded as protesters continue to blockade roads.

The protests started Thursday afternoon.

Police used stun grenades to disperse the violent protesters who looted some shops overnight.

The protesters are demanding the removal of the Sol Plaatje Municipality’s CFO Lydia Mahloko and municipal manager Goolam Akhawaray.

Police spokesperson Olebogeng Tawana says the situation is very tense but the police are monitoring the situation.

He says there was vandalism and looting overnight.

“On Thursday, we managed to arrest five suspects and charged them with public violence. They will appear at the Kimberley Magistrates Court on Friday.”