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
What people say:
can someone tell the #Rustenburg taxi drivers to meet me at Turfontein or Hillbrow I’ve got a Tender for them
— @Muzman (@osbornebilly95) 11 January 2018
Police now asking members of the public for info about the torched buildings that will lead to an arrest of people who saved us coz failed to do their jobs mxm🤠we didn’t see anything #Rustenburg pic.twitter.com/dUTvj84d8H
— Imelda Dikane (@LATONI96) 11 January 2018
What’s happening in #Rustenburg is not xenophobia, it’s a community service that’s being executed after long disregard of the situation by the SAPS.. I wish this happens in Johannesburg.. I really do
— 19NaughtyIV (@19naughtyIV) 11 January 2018
— Lloyd Modau (@Funsta23) 11 January 2018
SAs DO NOT have a PROBLEM with foreigners coming into the country to work & earn honestly. We have a PROBLEM with criminals#Rustenburg
— Simthandile (@Ms_Tsetse) 11 January 2018
— Mohapi Toka Mofokeng (@Mohapitoka) 11 January 2018
The people of #Rustenburg have stepped up where the SAPS have failed. There is no crime in making your community safe. Well done to them!!
— I.am.Nzoloshe (@sange_luntu_m) 11 January 2018
— Xhosa AF (@BongeloSimphiwe) 11 January 2018