VIDEO: Death of 16-year-old boy believed to have sparked arson in Coligny

This article has been updated.

Police are monitoring two violent protests in the North West on Tuesday, one in Lichtenburg and another in Coligny.

Coligny

Several houses belonging to farmers were set alight in Coligny, reports EWN's Pelane Phakgadi.

Coligny residents have vowed to continue protesting after the death of a boy who allegedly fell off a moving vehicle driven by a white farm worker last week.

The protesters say that until the white man who allegedly killed the boy is arrested, they will not stop with the protests.

Pelane Phakgadi, EWN reporter

It's understood the young boy was accused of stealing sunflowers from the white man's farm and was loaded onto the back of his bakkie, but fell from the vehicle and later died at a local clinic.

The residents here believe that was a racial attack and that it could have been dealt with better.

Pelane Phakgadi, EWN reporter

Protesters claim they have been terrorised by some of the white residents and want them to evacuate the town if the farmer is not arrested.

At least 10 shops have been looted in the North West town and there have been several arrests.

Lichtenburg

At the same time, seven people were arrested for public violence during a service delivery protest in Lichtenburg last night where a tavern was set alight.

On Monday, a police nyala and a truck transporting 38,000 chicks were set alight.

Take a listen to the EWN update:


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