Modise condemns NW protests

Police say residents burnt down a tribal office and a ward councillor's house on Friday evening.

FILE: North West Premier Thandi Modise has condemned the violence that erupted following a protest over water shortages in a village near Zeerust. Picture: SAPA.

JOHANNESBURG - North West Premier Thandi Modise has condemned the violence that erupted following a protest over water shortages in a village near Zeerust.

Police say residents burnt down a tribal office and a ward councillor's house on Friday evening.

The trouble started after residents marched to their local municipal headquarters over a lack of running water to their village.

The premier's spokesman Lesiba Kgwele says, "She has appealed for calm and reiterated her call for communities not to be misled in participating in illegal marches and allow themselves to be used by those who seek to exploit their genuine concerns to create an environment for chaos in order to further their personal interests."

The province has been plagued by water shortages in remote areas.

In March the community of Mothutlung said the "ANC doesn't have a good story to tell" in the area which saw violent water protests and cases of police brutality take centre stage in January.

Four people were killed in the North West township just outside Brits during service delivery protests.

Meanwhile on Friday Modise condemned another 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.