Rustenburg streets came to a standstill on Wednesday afternoon after more than 50 angry community members went on a riot‚ burning buildings that are believed to be drug dens.
According to reports an estimation of six buildings were put on fire by the angry mob.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said the buildings were torched in various areas in central Rustenburg late on Wednesday and the police are looking for the suspects.
Police have pleaded Rustenburg residents to come forward with any information that might lead to the arrests of about 50 people who torched six buildings in the CBD.
The authorities are keeping a close eye on the area and residents are advices not to be roaming around the place at night to ensure their safety even though the situation is currently calm.
Urging the community to respect the law and if not expect consequences Mokgwanone said; “That was pure criminality and we will not hesitate to prosecute anyone who takes the law into their own hands, so we urge members of the community to respect the law,” he said.
“It’s our responsibility as the police to make sure we deal with crime proactively,” he added.
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has also raised concerns about the overnight arson in Rustenburg.
The minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula has vowed to prioritize the situation in Rustenburg even though he is currently in the Eastern Cape to attend the African National Congress (ANC)’s 8 January statement.
“The minister has instructed the police to do everything in their power to respond to these kinds of situations. It can’t be acceptable that the drug lords hijack the authority of the state,” the minister’s spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga said.