Water restored to most parts of Mothotlung


Following protests in Mothotlung, water has been restored to most parts of the area, says the North West premier's office.

Two people were killed during a service delivery protest in Mothotlung last week, while one person died after he was allegedly forced out of a moving Nyala police armoured vehicle. (Gallo)

Water has been restored in Mothotlung, near Brits in the North West, the premier's spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele said on Sunday.

"Water has been restored in most parts of Mothotlung, the challenge is that people are watering their gardens, which is affecting the supply of water to some areas," Kgwele said.

The water was restored on Friday, he said.

Residents of Mothotlung had been without water for about two weeks.

Two protesters were shot dead, allegedly by police, on Monday during a service delivery protest.

Another man died after he was allegedly forced out of a moving Nyala police armoured vehicle in a bid to escape.

Reports say his name was Theodore Seema.

Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said at the time the man and his friend were arrested on Tuesday for public violence in the area during a protest about water shortages.

"The men were put in the Nyala that was headed to the police station; one man managed to escape and the other one tried to escape, but fell from a moving Nyala," said Mokgwabone.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa later on Wednesday issued a statement, saying he asked the Independent Police Investigative Directorate to investigate claims he was pushed out of the vehicle.

Mokgwabone on Sunday said the protests ended on Thursday.

No violent incidents were reported in the area over the weekend, he said on Sunday morning. – Sapa

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