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48 people arrested in North West following violent protests

Lichtenburg residents were protesting over service delivery, while Coligny saw protests over the death of a 12-year-old boy who fell off a moving vehicle driven by a farmer.

A young man with a golf club taunts police as they 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 – Forty-eight people have been arrested in the North West for public violence and looting in connection with the protests in Lichtenburg and Coligny.

Calm has now been restored to those areas and surrounds.

Residents were protesting over service delivery as well as the death of a 12-year-old boy who fell off a moving vehicle driven by a farmer.

The police’s Vish Naidoo says: "While we’re maintaining high visibility and ensuring that peace and calm is restored in the area, our operations are focused on identifying those that were responsible for the burning of those houses and those shops."

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