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Security beefed following violent protests in North West towns

Running battles between police and angry crowds in the North West towns of Lichtenburg and Coligny were the order of the day on Tuesday.

Police search through the streets of Lichtenburg in the North West for protesters following unrest in the area over service delivery. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Private security and the community policing forum have joined the police in Lichtenburg and Coligny in overnight patrols as part of efforts to protect properties.

A number of houses and shops were burnt and looted during violent protests in the North West on Tuesday.

A police nyala and a truck carrying livestock also came under attack.

Coligny residents are demanding justice for the murder of a 12-year-old, while Lichtenburg demonstrators took to the streets for RDP housing.

Police had to use force to bring calm to the area.

Running battles between police and angry crowds in the two North West towns were the order of the day on Tuesday.

Additional police officers had to be deployed to the region.

Meanwhile, Peter Shalala has had his shop looted during the protest and says he lost everything.

“I don’t know if we can go on, hey. How do you replace everything that you’ve lost? It’s difficult.”

Police are investigating cases of arson after several shops in the area were burnt, with some homes also not spared in the violence.

It remains to be seen if protests will continue in the area on Wednesday.

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(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)