Suspects arrested for burning councillor's house

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pretoria - The Ekurhuleni Metro Police have arrested three suspects in connection with setting alight of a councillor's house in Palm Ridge last night.

The incident comes after local residents had embarked on a service delivery protest.

Clr Nkabi Zulu's house was set alight by residents between 6-7pm, luckily the damage was minimal and no injuries were reported.

The suspects were picked up this morning following information from members of the public. Investigations are continuing and more arrests are imminent.

"We wish to congratulate the police for their swift reaction on this matter. This sends a clear message that they are committed to fighting lawlessness in the region," said metro spokesman Zweli Dlamini.

The recent arrests take the number of arrested people to 68 since the break out of the public protests in the area at 2am yesterday. Those arrested have been put behind bars for among others public violence, malicious damage to property and arson.

Although the situation is calm today compared to yesterday, the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department and the South African Police Service continue to monitor the situation, maintaining heavy presence in the area.

Today a high level delegation including the executive mayor will be visiting the area in an effort to resolve the matter.