NW PUBLIC VIOLENCE “OUT OF CONTROL”

The Citizen/Sapa, 30 May 2007

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Violence against Indian shop owners was “out-of-control” in Schweizer-Reneke in the North West on Wednesday, police said. Captain Emmanuel Reetsang said additional police had been brought in control the situation in the town. “These people are attacking all foreigners who occupy the shops in Schweizer-Reneke,” he said. Reetsang said residents were attacking Indian shop owners, burning down their shops and blocking roads with stones. “There are additional police in the area, I can’t confirm numbers but they have increased,” he said. Reetsang said one man had been arrested around 9am in the Shoron location on Wednesday after attacking the owners of a shop. “This brings the number of people arrested to 29,” he said. On Tuesday, 28 people had been arrested for burning down and possibly robbing three Indian-owned spaza shops in Ipelegeng. Reetsang said one man had been found in possession of an unlicensed 7.65mm pistol and 15 live rounds of ammunition. He said all 29 people would appear in the Schweizer-Reneke Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.