Councilor's home set alight in North West protests

Violent protests have erupted in Jericho, Maboloka & Letlhabile near Brits over a shortage of water.

FILE. Violent protests have erupted in Jericho & Letlhabile near Brits over a shortage of water. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - North West police say a tribal council office and councilor's house have been set alight during a violent service delivery protest in Jericho near Brits.

The protest was sparked by a shortage of water in Jericho and Letlhabile at the weekend.

The police's Sabata Mokgwabone says roads have been barricaded.

"It happened between 9 and 10am yesterday and apparently before this incident, there was also looting of two foreign national-owned shops. The councilor's house was apparently severely burnt."

One resident says the majority of the protesters are children.

"There are a lot young people running around with wheelbarrows loaded with goods. One thing that's very worrying is that there's no presence of police."

But ward councilor Martin Maringa says police have fired rubber bullets.

Last year, four people died in Mothotlung during a protest over access to water.

At the same time, in the West Coast town of Vredenburg in the Cape, protestors are demanding decent housing during a march to the Saldanha Bay municipal offices.

The protesters are wearing African National Congress (ANC) t-shirts and holding up posters demanding better housing and services.

The group is singing in front of the Saldanha Bay municipal offices behind a police barricade in the road.

The demonstrators will hand over a memorandum of demands to municipal officials.

They say they're giving the municipality 14 days to respond to their grievances.