No new evidence in ‘Marapong Madness’

Tebogo Tlhako
LEPHALALE — No new evidence was produced in the “Marapong Madness” case when the 22 accused appeared before Magistrate Elmien Lewies in the Lephalale Magistrate Court on Wednesday 9 March and the case was postponed to 5 April 2016.
The legal team representing the first 14 said that it is draining to have the case postponed and it does not make any sense as they want this case to be concluded as soon as possible.
They further added that they will ask for the case to be withdrawn if no new evidence is presented or push for a trial date.
Magistrate Elmien Lewies warned the accused to appear in the Regional Court on the said date and on time.
“You are warned to appear no later than 8am on the 5th of April 2016, at the regional court and your bail conditions still stand” she said.
The case was originally supposed to be heard in the regional court but the accused were told that the regional court does not sit in on a Wednesday, which the defence said is strange as it was not noticed by the court.
The first 14 accused were arrested on 8 and 9 September 2015 while nine were arrested in the early morning of 19 November by the Polokwane Tracking unit, as they are believed to be involved in the burning of 21 Lowveld busses, Marapong Municipal office and police satellite office while vandalizing the Marapong complex and library on the 7th of September 2015.
Speaking to the Mogol Post, some of the accused mentioned how the dragging on of this case is affected them in terms of finding employment.
“When we take our CVs to the Information Centre we are told that they will not take our CVs because we are deemed as criminals” one said.
While ANCYL treasurer, who is accused in the case said that she believes this case is just politics and tactics to keep them on a leash by the ANC bigwigs, so that they don’t participate in anything within the community.
“With this case hanging over our heads like this, we can’t do anything because we are scared that they might use it against us and we will be put back in jail” she said.

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