Night has fallen with a thick cloud of smoke hanging over Kimberley in a day of skirmishes between residents and the police.
It remains tense in Galeshewe amid the burning of the R.C Elliott Hall and a lapa at the Galeshewe Swimming Pool.
Attempts were also made to burn down the Recreation Hall. The Madeira Liquor Store in Lekhela Street was looted.
Scores of residents have been injured with some treated at the Kimberley hospital. There is still no police confirmation on the number of those arrested.
Earlier, shots were fired at crowds on the precinct of the Sol Plaatje Municipality’s Civic Centre with chaos breaking out as the executive mayor of the Sol Plaatje Municipality Mangaliso Matika attempted to respond to grievances of the protesters.
A number of nearby businesses to the Civic Centre were stoned as Kimberley got gripped by what could be its worst day of violence.
It remains unclear whether the impasse into calls for the municipal manager Goolam Akharwaray and chief financial officer Lydia Mahloko to step down will be met by a resolve. Tomorrow’s dawn remains a day of uncertainty
Thabo Mothibi is a former broadcast journalist (TV and Radio) – with specialist reporting experience; SABC Political/Parliamentary and TRC Teams over a period of five years (1995 to 2000).
One key foreign assignment - is the 11-nation African Connection Rally – overland journey from Africa’s northern-most pole in the coastal Tunisian city of Bizerte to the southern-most pole in South Africa’s Cape Agulhas. From the journalistic years, Thabo then delved into Government media liaison and serving two former Ministers and three MECs. He became the Northern Cape Provincial Government’s first department based Communications Director at Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development - 2008-2010 – where he also served as Head of Ministry from 2003 – 2008.
As a former anti-apartheid activist, his political background and professional training aided him in spearheading the Northern Cape ANC’s 2004 National Elections media and publicity campaign and that of the 2006 Local Government Elections.
Whilst based in Waterkloof in Pretoria -2010 to end 2011, he consulted for Manstrat Agricultural Intelligence, then returned to the Northern Cape in 2012 to date, to consult independently and pursue other entrepreneurial interests in media and communications through KwaVuko Communications and Marketing.
Thabo Mothibi obtained his NQF7 through Wits University’s Graduate School of Public and Development Management (P&DM) in Johannesburg, a Unilever Mandela Rhodes Academy for Marketing and Communications Academy (UMRA). The goal of the NQF7 programme was to educate and train public and private sector professional communicators and marketers in government communications..