The Forty seven accused in the service delivery unrests in Bloemhof in 2014 appeared in the Bloemhof Lower and Regional Courts on 19 and 20 January 2015 respectively on charges of illegal gathering, arson, malicious damage to property and theft.
The 15 accused that appeared on Monday, 19 October 2015 will appear again on 26 January 2015 and the 32 accused that appeared on Tuesday, 20 January at the Bloemhof Regional Court will appear again on 3 February 2015. They were all released on bail.
It is alleged that there are some members of the community who distributed pamphlets in the area urging other community members to support a call of stay away on the above mentioned court dates in support of their fellow members who are still under prosecution. The situation is currently calm and Police are monitoring the situation.
In April 2014 the accused from Boitumelong Township went out of control when they protested against poor service delivery.
The N12 road to Kimberley was barricaded with burning tyres causing disruption of public order. They have also stoned and torched some vehicles and trucks. They have accused the Mayor and the Councillors for alleged nepotism, corruption and for defrauding the municipality.
This unruly and criminal behaviour of the community led to the burning down of a number of houses belonging to the Mayor, officials of the Municipality and seven for police officials.
The National and the Provincial Commissioners also visited the area and police officials whose properties were destroyed and those who sustained injuries.
Media Statement from North West Media Centre
Source : South African Police Service