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What sparked violence & burning of “drug dens” in Rustenburg?

According to the Rustenburg Local Municipality, what seems to have sparked these incidents of violence is an allegation made by community members that a certain police officer was caught in the company of known drug dealers in possession of drugs in Rustenburg North.

At-least Buildings were set alight in Rustenburg in the North West where police and taxi operators fought running battles in the town’s streets Wednesday nigh

Mayor Mpho Khunou believes the violence was sparked by allegations that a police officer was found in the company of a known drug dealer yesterday.

The Municipality has called on taxi operators, community members and all stakeholders involved in the mob justice in the CBD to stop the violence and report all incidents to the police.

“The South African Police Service (SAPS) is working together with the Rustenburg Local Municipality to quell further incidents of violence. The municipality fully understands the community outrage against drug trafficking, human trafficking and prostitution.

“The municipality is currently working with police and community members to calm the city after numerous incidents of violence in some parts of the city,” said the municipality in a statement released on Wednesday.

On Monday afternoon, a violent confrontation erupted between Rustenburg taxi operators and alleged drug addicts, who were reportedly found committing crime within the city.

The situation escalated to mob justice against the alleged criminals. Law enforcement was called to the scene, which resulted in the arrest of five taxi operators, who were alleged to have assaulted the drug addicts.

The chaos that ensued resulted in taxi operators blockading both the taxi and bus rank, leaving frustrated commuters stranded.

During this campaign of violence, all the premises within the CBD known for drug trafficking, human trafficking and prostitution were set alight. To date, 10 properties have been razed by fire. Although the situation remains tense, some level of calmness has descended on the CBD

 

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