PROVJOINTS committed to stabilise the protests

Potchefstroom: Following the outbreak of violent protests in the province that were also accompanied by looting since Wednesday, 18 April 2018, the Provincial Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (PROVJOINTS) reiterated its commitment to stabilise and normalise the situation.

Although the situation has stabilised in the past three days in most places, incidents relating to pelting of passing motorists with stones were reported in the evening on Friday, 27 April 2018 along N14 road in Tshing, Ventersdorp.

Members of the community and parents are urged to always know their children’s whereabouts. This is after it became apparent that there are children at various places within the province who block roads with objects then demand payments from motorists before allowing them to pass. What is disturbing about this illegal activities is that they are committed generally by young children. Since the outbreak of the violence, two lives have been lost. The victims are aged 16 and 24 respectively.

It is important that parents exercise strict control over their children as such illegal actions of blocking roads to operate the so called toll gates may lead to injuries and deaths in some instances.

While the PROVJOINTS is committed to stabilise the situation through implementation of the Integrated National Plan, it is also imperative that the community and various structures are actively involved to condemn criminality and work together with the police to ensure that criminals are arrested.

A total of 340 suspects have been apprehended in four Clusters within the North West since the outbreak of the violent marred protests in Mahikeng on Wednesday, 18 April 2018.

Source: South African Police Service

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