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6 arrested for destroying 8 houses in Sterkstroom

Three properties, including the home of a mayor, were burnt to the ground.

FILE: The police’s Namhla Mdleleni says the groups fought in the streets. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Six people have been arrested after eight houses were destroyed in violent protest.

Three of the properties, including the home of a mayor, were burnt to the ground during the demonstration in Sterkstroom yesterday.

It's believed the chaos is centred around a political disagreement between two groups in the community.

The police's Namhla Mdleleni says the groups fought in the streets.

"They destroyed the mayor's house then proceeded to other houses. A case of arson was opened."

Mdleleni says another man has been arrested for attempted murder after he allegedly opened fire on a crowd. Police are monitoring the situation.