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75 Kimberley schools closed due to violent protests

Law enforcement officers are monitoring the situation, trying to unblock roads that have been barricaded by protesters, mainly in Galeshewe.

FILE: Protests in Kimberley. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Seventy-five schools in the Sol Plaatje Municipality have been closed for the day due to a flare-up in violent protests.

Kimberley has been tense for the past two weeks with running battles between disgruntled residents and police officers.

Protesting residents have blamed a hike in electricity tariffs on two municipal officials who they want removed.

Law enforcement officers are monitoring the situation, trying to unblock roads that have been barricaded by protesters, mainly in Galeshewe.

Municipality spokesperson Sello Matsie says the situation remains tense.

“Currently, we do have some roads, in and around Galeshewe, that are closed. The situation remains tense and we have been notified that the schools have dismissed learners due to their safety concerns.”

LIBRARY ARSON ATTACK

Police are investigating an arson attack following the burning of a library in Galeshewe.

Protesters torched the building earlier on Monday amid protests in Kimberley and surrounding areas.

Matsie added: “We are requesting the public to really refrain from any acts that would shut down the city. The reality is that we would really want to see an end to the situation, but further engagements continue.”

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)