400 people attack Maluti Public Works buildings

THE Eastern Cape police have indicated that they are monitoring the situation in Maluti after about 400 people allegedly attacked the Public Works buildings this morning.

Police indicated in a statement that the reasons for the protest were not known but that police intervened when attempts were made to burn the state buildings and vehicles.

Back-up had since been requested from the Public Order Policing unit in the area with no arrests having been made.

Some of the major routes have been blockaded to Maluti while police indicating that “people were being held against their will.”

Further details are not currently known, but police have warned of a volatile situation in the area.

Matatiele Cluster Commander Brigadier Nompumelelo Majikijela said a situation of anarchy “where aggrieved people infringe on other people’s rights of movement, destroy state and private property as well as putting other people’s lives at risk” would not be tolerated.

He said police would have no other option but to arrest anyone who was taking the law into their own hands.

No arrests had been made at the time of going to press.

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