The Motherwell Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie yesterday expressed that he has given instructions for a full investigation into the damaging of infrastructure (roads) which took place yesterday. "We cannot allow our roads to be damaged this way and the lives of our road users to be put in danger. Even the safety of our police men and women are threatened by these rock throwing protestors."
This followed after police clashed with violent protestors after they burnt tyres and rubble on the M14 as well as the R75 (Uitenhage Road). When police attempted to clean and open the roads, they were pelted with stones and one police member got injured when one of the stones struck him on his chin and collar bone. The member had to receive stitches and lost two teeth in the incident.
By early this morning just after 01:00, two 29-year-old suspects were arrested. They will be charged for damaging of infrastructure and will appear before the New Brighton Magistrates Court on Monday 9 April.
"These two arrests shows that SAPS will not tolerate this behaviour. The right to protest cannot be expressed through violence and the breaking of the law," General Rabie added.
Source: South African Police Service