ZEBEDIELA – Twenty-three suspects were arrested for public violence and other offences that engulfed areas of Zebediela outside Marble Hall, Mecklenburg in the Burgersfort area and Modjadjieskloof in the recent past.
According to police, community members in the affected areas went on rampage, allegedly protesting against poor service delivery. The residents barricaded roads with debris, stones and burning tyres and damaged property during the violent protests.
Five suspects who were arrested in Zebediela were each granted R1000.00 bail and had their cases postponed to Thursday 10 May 2018 for further police investigations when they appeared before Magatle Magistrates Court.
Lt Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, Limpopo Provincial Police Spokesperson, identified the suspects as Maisela Petrus Leso (46), Sechaba Stephen Makolomakoe (31), Matuma Joycelyn Tlomatsana (42), Phuti Johanna Lekgothoane (55) and Tsakane Jane Maswanganye (37).
Ngoepe said those who were arrested for the Mecklenburg mayhem were each also granted R1000.00 bail and their cases were postponed to Monday 09 July 2018 for further police investigations when they appeared before the Mecklenburg Periodical Court.
He identified the suspects as Kgopotso Dibakwane (33), Willings Rantho (34), Issac Manyaka (35), Samuel Maimela (36), Khutso Manyaka (28), Katlego Maimela (30), Kamogelo Maile (27), Nicky Manyaka (31) and Thembi Mkhonto (31).
“Their arrests emanated from public violence that took place at Ga-Manyaka village after barricading the main road to Marula Mine on Monday 09 April 2018,” informed Ngoepe.
He said those arrested in Modjadjieskloof outside Tzaneen and charged with public violence, common robbery, malicious damage to property and possession of suspected properties were each granted R300.00 bail and had their cases postponed to Friday 08 June 2018 for further police investigations when they appeared before Bolobedu Magistrates Court.
“The suspects were identified as Peligent Baloyi (21), Conny Tshwale (36), Thabo Ngobeni (40) and other were juveniles who were released under parental custody,” said Ngoepe.
Lt General Nneke Ledwaba, Limpopo Provincial Police Commissioner, has warned residents not to engage in public violence during protests and said it was viewed in a serious light as police will stop at nothing to bring perpetrators to book.