Arrested protestors granted bail

Photo supplied/ Limpopo SAPS.

By: Tsundukani Zitha

GIYANI- The arrested suspects in Modjadjieskloof outside Tzaneen have on Friday appeared before the Bolobedu Magistrate Court on charges of public violence, common robbery, malicious damage to property and possession of suspected stolen properties.

The suspects were each given R3000.00 bail and their cases were postponed to the 08th of June this year, to allow further police investigations.

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Limpopo Police Spokesperson LT. Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe says that amongst the arrested suspects were juveniles whom were then released under parental custody.

“The other suspects were identified as Peligent Baloyi (21), Conny Tshwale (31), Thabo Ngobeni (40),” said Ngoepe.

Suspects arrested in Zebediela outside Lebowakgomo have also appeared before the Magatle Magistrate Court on charges of public violence and they were each granted R1000.00 bail and their case was postponed to the 10th May 2018 for further Police investigations.

Ngoepe further stated that suspects arrested in Zebediela were between the age group of 30-60.

“Maisela Petrus Leso (46), Sechaba Stephen Makolomakoe (31), Matuma Joycelyn Tlomatsana (42) ,Phuti Johanna Lekgothoane(55) and Tsakane Jane Maswanganye (37),” noted Ngoepe.

This was after twenty-three (23) suspects were arrested for incidents of public violence and other offences that took place in the areas of Mecklenburg, Modjadjiskloof and Zebediela in the recent past.

Community members in these affected areas went on rampage, allegedly protesting against poor service delivery. They used debris, stones, trees and burning tyres to barricade public roads and damaging properties.

LT Colonel Ngoepe confirms that the Mecklenburg suspects have appeared before the Mecklenburg Periodical Court on a case of public violence and they were each given R1000.00 bail.

Their cases were postponed to the 09th of July this year to allow further Police investigations. The suspects were between the age group of 25-40.

“The suspects were identified as Kgopotso Dibakwane (33), Willings Rantho(34), Isaac Manyaka(35), Samuel Maimela(36), Khutso Manyaka(28), Katlego Maimela(30)Kamogelo Maile (27), Nicky Manyaka(35) and Thembi Mkhonto (31),”said Ngoepe.

Their arrest occurred as a result of the public violence which took place at Ga-Manyaka village in the Zebediela Policing area for barricading the main road on 09th April.

Ngoepe concluded by saying that the situation in all these areas is now back to normal and the Police investigations are continuing.