Butterworth police in the Eastern Cape have arrested 16 people following a protest near the N2 on Monday.
Angry residents took to the streets demanding an end to water outages.
Police spokesperson Jackson Manatha said that criminal elements had hijacked the protest.
“I can confirm that we arrested 16 people. All of them were charged with malicious damage to property and public violence.”
He said that the 10 men and six women would be charged with malicious damage to property.