Mahikeng protests continue, police arrest another seven suspects

South African Police Service

Mahikeng protests continue, police arrest another seven suspects
Mahikeng protests continue, police arrest another seven suspects

In an endeavour to bring normality and ensure that criminal elements are dealt with accordingly, seven suspects aged between 22 and 60 were nabbed today in Danville and Lomanyaneng for public violence.

The apprehension of the suspects brings a total number of 16 arrests since the eruption of the violence in the early hours of Wednesday, 18 April 2018. The seven suspects are expected to appear in the Mmabatho Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, 20 April 2018.

Meanwhile, nine suspects that were arrested have appeared before the court. They were all released on warning and will appear before the court again on Tuesday, 29 May 2018.

The deployment will remain in place to make sure that normal services, including clearing of major roads so that the public can utilise them, continue. This is also done to ascertain that various services are rendered to the public. Due to the protest and barricading of major roads, Onkgopotse Tiro Comprehensive School learners had to stay without eating the whole day as the truck that was carrying their meals was delayed, until it was escorted by the police.

The protesting members of the community are urged to respect the rule of law and the rights of those who are not participating in the protest and desist from pointless actions as some of them may lead to loss of lives.

It has also been noted with concern that properties, which will still be needed in future, are deliberately damaged.

As part of normalising services, members of the community who cannot reach their police stations are requested to call (018) 397 4032/37.

The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Lieutenant Baile Motswenyane, reiterated that the police will not hesitate to take necessary actions to bring normality in Mahikeng and surrounding villages.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service