A councilor in Lichtenburg, North West, is among those apparently involved when police vehicles and an ambulance were recently set on fire after a child was killed.
Brig. Northwestern police spokesman Sabata Mokgwabone did not reveal the 39-year-old man’s name. The councilor was arrested on Monday along with nine other people, aged between 18 and 23. They have already appeared in court and are expected to apply for bail on Tuesday, May 5.
The ten are suspected of malicious damage to property, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, theft and possession of stolen property.
The crimes were allegedly committed on April 21 after an eight-year-old boy died earlier in the day in the Boikhutso township near Lichtenburg when a police vehicle struck him.
The child allegedly ran across a street in front of the vehicle. It is not clear why he was there because it happened during the lockdown period.
The police independent investigation directorate is investigating the incident. A case of culpable homicide is also being investigated.
Community members allegedly assaulted the police officer in the vehicle that hit the child at the scene. His vehicle, as well as another police vehicle that assisted him, were set on fire. An ambulance called to the scene was also set on fire.
Some police and emergency services personnel were attacked and injured. Several stores in the area were looted.
Lt. Genl. Northwest Police Commissioner Sello Kwena praised the police for their hard work in arresting the suspects.
“We will continue to work to ensure that those who undermine state authority, including office bearers, are dealt with harshy.”