18 Fraserburg residents arrested after cigarettes, alcohol riot

18 Fraserburg residents arrested after cigarettes, alcohol riot

- Police have arrested 18 Fraserburg resident after a group of them gathered to protest the banning of liquor and cigarette sales

- A mob in the small Karoo town had gathered to demand to be sold alcohol and cigarettes

- The crowd began to pelt police with stones when their request was denied

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Eighteen Fraserburg residents were arrested after a crowd caused R100 000 worth of damage in the small Karoo town.

The incident happened yesterday afternoon.

A mob gathered to demand to be sold liquor and cigarettes.

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When their request was denied and they were told to disperse, parts of the crowd began pelting police with stones.

SAPS Northern Cape spokesperson Brigadier Mohale Ramatseba said “Police in Fraserburg have arrested 18 suspects aged between 25 and 61 in connection with cases of malicious damage to property, housebreaking and theft and contravention of the Disaster Management Act regulations."
“It is reported yesterday, between 4pm and 6pm, residents went on the rampage demanding to be sold liquor and cigarettes."

TheSouthAfrican.com reports that the crowd also broke into a tuckshop and stole groceries worth R100 000.

In attempting to bring the crowd under control, an SAPS member suffered a broken hand and a police vehicle’s window was also broken.

The group, however, did not manage to get their hands on any alcohol or cigarettes.

Today, Briefly.co.za reported that media personality Gareth Cliff said he did not agree with the cigarette ban.

However, Minister in the presidency Jackson Mthembu has ruled out any possibility of the government lifting the ban.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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