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Cops arrest 2 after violent protests in Coligny over boy’s death

Riot police were deployed in the area after residents set shops and houses on fire in the maize town on Tuesday, demanding the arrest of a local farmer for the boy's death.

A police officer walks outside a looted liquor store in Coligny in the North West after protests in the town on 25 April 2017 over the death of a young boy. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Police in Coligny in the North West say they’ve arrested two men in connection with the death of a 12-year-old boy who allegedly fell off a moving car driven by a local farmer last week.

Riot police were deployed in the area after residents set shops and houses on fire in the maize town on Tuesday, demanding the arrest of the farmer.

The police's Sabata Mokgwabone says they have been using various means to alert the community of the arrest to avoid any more protests.

He says the arrest was as a result of a multi-disciplinary team that was assigned by provincial police commissioner Brenda Motswenyane last week.

Mokgwabone says the situation was calm on Wednesday morning.

“I can confirm yesterday we arrested two men and they were charged with murder. They are expected to appear in the Coligny magistrates court.”

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