Police in Limpopo have arrested seven suspects for cases of arson and malicious damage to property after community members set fire to a house in a land dispute at Wonderboom farm, Ga-Masemola. The incident occurred on Thursday, 28 March at about 11:00.

According to the information, a group of community members joined by some of the employees on the farm went to the area armed with various objects and cut the fence to gain access.

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They outrageously entered the premises and started destroying the property inside the house. Thereafter set the house and two shacks alight.

The female farm owner was not present at the time of the incident. But her 29-year-old daughter, who was next to the area, managed to escape unharmed. She alerted the local police and emergency services.

They swiftly responded and found the situation still volatile. Prompting the activation of police members from neighbouring stations.

LAND DISPUTE IN GA-MASEMOLA RESULT IN COMMUNITY MEMBERS SETTING A HOUSE ON FIRE

Seven suspects aged between 22 and 36 were arrested. The motive behind the incident is still subject to police investigation. However, it is suspected the violence was sparked by a land dispute.

The Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has condemned the incident. She urged communities to address issues amicably and refrain from violent attacks. The suspects will appear before the Nebo Magistrate’s Court on 02 April 2024.