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By Eliot Mahlase


Councillors among group held for torching metro offices in Pretoria

Informal settlement residents marched to the municipal offices in Atteridgeville to be addressed by the MMC for infrastructure.

Seven people, including councillors, were arrested for public violence after allegedly setting a municipal building on fire in Atteridgeville on Monday, reports Pretoria North Rekord.

About 4,000 residents from Jeffsville and Phomolong informal settlements marched to the municipal offices in Atteridgeville to be addressed by the MMC for infrastructure, said police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele.

He said that the community marched from 7.30am towards the municipal offices, where they waited for the MMC.

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“It is alleged that the protesters started getting impatient after realising that the MMC was not coming. The protesters became unruly and threw stones and bottles at the police.

“Public order police unit members warned the crowd to stop the violence and ordered them to disperse, but the crowd continued throwing stones. They then broke the municipal fence, forcefully entering the municipal office premises and burned the offices and damaged 16 municipal vehicles,” Makhubele said.

Seven of the protesters, including two councillors, were arrested for public violence.

Gauteng provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela condemned the “unruly behaviour” of the protesters.

He urged the community to exercise their rights to protest peacefully and not to damage property.

The arrested suspects were expected to appear in the Atteridgeville Magistrate’s Court soon.

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