Ganyesa protests, stoning, burning of vehicles, 2 accused in court

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Ganyesa protests, stoning, burning of vehicles, 2 accused in court
Ganyesa protests, stoning, burning of vehicles, 2 accused in court

Tebogo Motswedisi (21) and Archie Bolt (35) appeared before the Ganyesa Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 8 March 2019, following community protests that were reported since Monday 4 March 2019, reaching a peak on Wednesday 6 March 2018, where the Tosca-Vryburg and Morokweng-Vryburg roads were barricaded and vehicles stoned.

Kagisano Local Municipality entrance and the Ganyesa Complex were also barricaded with burning tyres, and stones other objects. On Wednesday 6 March 2019, a truck and a police vehicle were burnt close along Morokweng – Ganyesa road near the Provincial hospital. One police officer was injured after he and his crew were attacked by the mob.

As part of bringing stability and maintaining public order, Tebogo Motswedisi was arrested and charged with malicious damage to property as well as robbery and being in possession of a suspected stolen firearm. The other accused, Archie Bolt was charged with public violence. They were granted R1000.00 bail each and will re-appear before the Ganyesa Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 18 March 2019. More arrests are imminent.

The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane cautioned that the Police will not tolerate attacks on innocent members of the community, the police members and damaging of properties. She also urged members of the community to raise their service delivery related dissatisfaction peacefully and through correct channels rather than resorting to violence.

A high police presence will remain in the area to ensure that the situation remains calm and all effected are safe.

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