UPDATE: The protests in Machadorp have come to a halt although the situation is still tense.
According to police spokesman Col Mtsholi Bhembe the protesters threatened to start fires again this morning, but they were contained by the police.
He confirmed that the protesters did burn two trucks last night, but no arrests have been made.
“The situation is still tense but police are monitoring the area,” Bhembe said.
According to TRAC N4 R36 between Machadodorp and Carolina has been closed due to protests. The protests started earlier today when a local shop was looted and set alight.
This came after a man was assaulted by two other men who are allegedly members of the local community policing forum (CPF).
However, MEC for the Department of Safety, Security and Liaison, Pat Ngomane said that they do not belong to any CPF structure or a security company.
According to bystanders on the scene earlier today the incident was racially motivated.
The community felt betrayed when the two accused appeared in court in Belfast instead of being kept at Machdodorp and they threatened to plunder the city if these two men are not brought to justice.
Col Mtsholi Bhembe, police spokesman, said earlier today that he was not sure if protests were going to continue tomorrow.
“The lady of justice is someone with her eyes closed. She does not look at colour, creed, race or anything. We are here as law enforcement to ensure that the people are safe and secure,” Bhembe said and added that people are free to protest but if they find themselves on the wrong side of the law, they will be reprimanded.
“We would like to plead for sanity to prevail on them as well,” Bhembe said and asked that the community member do not prevent law enforcement from doing their jobs.
Lowvelder will keep you updated as more information becomes available.