Cops restore calm to Boitumelong

The community has accused the Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality of corruption and maladministration

FILE: Calm has been restored to the volatile township following violent clashes between residents and authorities. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police have restored calm to the volatile Boitumelong township near Bloemhof in the North West this morning, following violent clashes between residents and authorities.

The community has accused the Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality of corruption and maladministration and say they want the entire council to be dissolved.

The situation remains tense after residents torched several homes and vehicles belonging to council officials and police officers in the last few days.

Local shops in Bloemhof remain closed this morning and schooling has been disrupted.

A large section of the N12 between Bloemhof and Christiana has been blocked off to traffic and more police officers have been deployed to monitor the situation.

Angry residents vandalised bridges and other public property on Wednesday and set three delivery trucks alight.

The violence has since spread to neighbouring Christiana where a teenager has been killed and two others are in a critical condition.