71 arrested in Plettenberg Bay protests, N2 still closed

The law-enforcement services have arrested 71 people following the massive protests held in the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay.

According to the reports, the turmoil started after the local residents had decided to express their grievances over the lack of service delivery. The action, initially said to be peaceful, soon led to a sparkle of violence on the streets: angry citizens have been setting the parked cars alight, looting the grocery stores and various other businesses in the area.

The youth & sport development office was also among the ransacked facilities.

Spokesperson Sgt Chris Spies stated the arrested suspects were facing various charges, including public violence, house and business robbery, malicious damage to property and so on.

The N2 road, blocked as a result of the protests, remains closed for the motorists. The police continue to monitor the situation and are expected to deploy more squads in order to calm the crowd.

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