No arrests have been made yet after an estimated R4 million worth of damages were recorded during violent protest action at a water project site of the Department of Water and Sanitation at Finale Village outside Hoedspruit on Monday.
Provincial Police Spokesperson Moatshe Ngoepe indicated that Police reacted swiftly when they received the call but when they arrived they found several vehicles and mobile offices destroyed.
The motive behind the incident is not clear yet but disgruntled community members stormed the site and destroyed several vehicles by setting it alight and destroyed the mobile offices, according to Ngoepe who added that an employee was also seriously injured during the process.
He said a bus was set alight and three bakkies’ windows and windscreens were smashed. Furthermore community members smashed the windows of a bus, the mobile offices, an excavator, a front loader, a TLB, two tippers and mixer trucks. A store room where containers with oil were kept was also set alight, according to Ngoepe.
He said Police remain on the scene to monitor the situation. Provincial Police Commissioner Nneke Ledwaba said community members are once again warned to desist from acts of public violence that often leads to destruction of property and injury to people. “The Police will continue to hunt down those responsible for the destruction at the water project,” Ledwaba said.
Anyone with information can contact investigating officer Cobra Moriri on 082 573 4773 or report to the nearest Police station.
Story: RC Myburgh