MAHIKENG, SOUTH AFRICA April 23 (NNN-SA NEWS) — A total of 23 people who participated in violent protests in Mahikeng, capital of South Africa’s North West Province, last week are set to appear in the Magistrates’ Court on Monday, says the provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane.
Nine suspects were arrested on Friday for public violence. They are expected to appear in the Mmabatho Magistrates’ Court on Monday. They will appear together with 14 other suspects that were arrested between Thursday and Friday. Police are maintaining their presence in the area to ensure that the situation is stabilised, she said Sunday.
The nine, who were arrested on Friday, attempted to burn properties late in the evening on Friday following three days of violent protests in Mahikeng and surrounding villages.
In the first incident, a petrol bomb that caused minor damages, was thrown at a house belonging to a traffic official in Magogwe Tar village. No one was injured during the incident. In the second separate incident, a petrol bomb that was apparently meant to cause fire and damages to the Mmabana Foundation building failed. This is the same building that was burnt on Thursday, said the Provincial Commissioner.
She added that although Mahikeng had returned to a state of normalcy, members of the public should remain calm but vigilant and report any criminal activities to the police that are committed under the pretext of community protest. At this stage, despite visible objects that were used as barricades, traffic is flowing on most of the roads and allowing members of the community to travel to their destinations, she said.
A relatively calm situation prevailed after President Cyril Ramaphosa visited the town on Friday. The President cut short his working visit to London to attend the Commonwealth Summit last week because of protest action which brought the city to a standstill. He was locked in a meeting with government and political party leaders all of Friday afternoon.
Following the meeting, the President said issues regarding North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo, governance and corruption were raised as some of the concerns and reasons for the protest. He asked for more time to find sustainable solutions and requested the community to remain calm.
The President promised the residents of Mahikeng that their concerns would be dealt with speedily following consultation with community members across the province.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK