Bloemhof protests 'politically motivated'

NW Premier Thandi Modise says protests in Christiana and Boitumelong are politically motivated.

The aftermath of service delivery protests in Christiana near Bloemhof in the North West. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - North West Premier Thandi Modise has condemned the violent service delivery protests in the Christiana and Boitumelong townships near Bloemhof, saying they are politically motivated.

Residents want the Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality to be dissolved, accusing officials of corruption and maladministration.

Over the past few days community members have gone on the rampage, destroying government property and torching vehicles.

In an impromptu briefing outside the Bloemhof police station on Thursday, the premier issued a stern warning to all protesters in the province.

"They do not have the right to let the North West degenerate into lawlessness. Any criminal behaviour shall be dealt with, we don't care who it is."

Schooling in Christiana and Bloemhof and has been disrupted and all local shops remain closed.

Modise says this is unacceptable.

"There are thugs and criminals."

The premier was forced to cancel a meeting with angry residents at the last hour following concerns for her safety.