Bronkhorstspruit cop station torched

Residents protesting service delivery have burnt down a satellite police station in Zithobeni.

A municipal building and satellite police station torched by angry protesters in Bronkhorstspruit. Picture: Neville Malila/SAPS.

JOHANNESBURG - Authorities have confirmed the local police station in Zithobeni outside Bronkhorstspruit has been set alight after residents in the area on Thursday set fire to a municipal office and three trucks.

Protesters started demonstrations earlier this week over poor service delivery in Zithobeni and nearby Rethabile, demanding they be allowed to hand over a memorandum to Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa.

Residents were supposed to meet the mayor on Thursday but became violent when he apparently didn't arrive for the appointment.

They say the municipality is overcharging them for services and that they have been without water and electricity for three weeks.

Police spokeswoman Sarah Mcira says, "It's still tense today. The police station has been burnt and no one has been arrested."

An Eyewitness New s reporter is on the way to Bronkhorstspruit.