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Protesters set municipal office alight

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Community members would now have to travel to the civic centre to pay their municipal bills

FIRE DAMAGE: The One-Stop Service Centre building in Greenpoint was partially burnt during violent service delivery protests yesterday morning. Picture: Danie van der Lith

THE SOL Plaatje Municipality has condemned the setting alight of the One-Stop Service Centre in Greenpoint.

The building was partially burnt during violent service delivery protests yesterday.

Municipal spokesperson, Sello Matsie, said that thousands of rand worth of damage was caused to the building.

“The premises were also set alight previously but did not burn down completely. The office will now have to close its doors pending renovations. Luckily nobody was at the office at the time of the incident as temporary staff members are employed at the centre,” said Matsie.

He added that community members would now have to travel to the civic centre to pay their municipal bills.

“We urge community members to make use of merchants to buy electricity. They will, however, now have to pay their accounts at the civic centre.”

Police spokesperson, Captain Sergio Kock, said that the police were investigating the incident.

“Police are investigating an arson incident after a portion of the municipal office building in Dutch Reform Street in Greenpoint was burnt down yesterday morning at 7am.

No arrest has been effected yet but anyone with information can call Detective Captain Shoes Sibase on 082 495 4646,” said Kock.