Teen killed in violent protest


North West police commissioner, LtGen Baile Motswenyane has condemned incidents of violence that left one person dead in Lichtenburg yesterday.

A 15-year-old boy was fatally shot after a motorist opened fire on protesting residents near Sukran along the Boikhutso-Lichtenburg road. Two other people were injured.

The police said the motorist who opened fire was not yet arrested but was known to the police and would be apprehended soon.

“We would like to urge members of the community to remain calm and allow the police to conduct an investigation of both incidents. We also want to make it clear that no violence will be tolerated and the police will not hesitate to act against any person who disrespects the rule of law,” Motswenyane said.

Earlier, Blydeville community members torched a truck and blockaded the R503 road in the same town. Residents allegedly looted the truck before setting it alight. They barricaded the road with burning tyres and other objects, leading to traffic having to be diverted.

Provincial police spokesperson Brig Sabata Mokgwabone said: “Due to temporary road closures, motorists utilising the N14 from Ventersdorp are advised to use the N14 towards Vryburg.

Those who are travelling to Mahikeng and Lichtenburg, while on N14 will get the R504 that will take them to both Lichtenburg and Mahikeng.

“Motorists travelling from Lichtenburg and Mahikeng are urged to use R52 Koster to reach Rustenburg and Johannesburg.

“Those who are going to Ventersdorp, Klerksdorp and Potchefstroom, while on R52, they will get onto the R53 which will take them to their destinations.”

Mokgwabone said the police were maintaining a presence in the area.