[WATCH] Coligny residents burn property amid protests
It’s understood residents are outraged over the killing of a 12-year-old boy, allegedly at the hands of a local farmer.
JOHANNESBURG - North West police are on the scene of a violent demonstration in Coligny, where protesters have set fire to shops and houses.
Police have spent the day trying to diffuse tensions in the area, just outside Lichtenburg.
It’s understood residents are outraged over the killing of a 12-year-old boy, allegedly by a farmer.
Community leader Jonny Leteane says the protest will only be called off if the boy’s killer is handcuffed.
“There is way forward unless they arrest that guy, that is the solution. If not, the protest will still continue.”
Homeowner Adriaan Groenewald says parts of his home have been reduced to ashes and now he fears for his life.
“I have to stay and probably get security tonight or for next week or so.”
Groenewald says he'll have to spend hundreds of thousands to fix his home and hopes that the protests don't continue for much longer.
At the same time, shop owners in Coligny say the ongoing protest in the town has had a devastating impact on their businesses.
Peter Shalala says his family has owned their shop for almost 80 years and he does not know if the business will survive Tuesday’s protest.
“We’ll have to see; I don’t know if everything is covered by the insurance. Some of this stuff is old and sentimental, which you can never replace, and I don’t think the insurance can help with that.”
Police nyalas and a helicopter are patrolling the area.
WATCH: Coligny residents demand arrests.