Two men faces charges of malicious damage to property during the protest in Cullinan
13 August 2016
Two men have been arrested on charges of public violence after a protest in Refilwe, in the Cullinan diamond mining region this week.
Constable Connie Moganedi said the two are expected to appear in the Cullinan Magistrate's Court on Monday and would also face a charge of malicious damage to property.
Police were still monitoring the area but it had been an uneventful Saturday by midday.
In the protest, which started on Thursday night, municipal buildings and a vehicle were torched, and a road was blocked with burning tyres.
Police stopped an attempt at burning the municipal buildings down, but some damage was done.
Tshwane municipal spokesperson Selby Bokaba attributed the protest to an eviction notice, saying trouble had been brewing during the process of formalising informal settlements and relocating some residents.