Protestors out on warning

SHONGOANE — Protestors blocked the D3110 road between Shongoane 3 and Abbotspoort on Wednesday 16 January, and bus drivers were unable to transport their passengers to their respective workplaces.

The police in Villa Nora were called out to Shongoane 3 Village at around 02:30 to investigate the matter.

According to Police, the protestors said the reason for barricading the road is that they wanted to meet Lephalale Mayor, Jack Maeko, because he promised to have a meeting with them, and he didn’t fulfil his promise.

“They also said that they were promised containers in villages where CVs could be submitted for job seekers, and they need better service delivery,” said Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale SAPS Cluster spokesperson.

According to WO Mokoena, the protestors set one of the busses on fire, and 25 females and three males were arrested on charges of malicious damage to property and public violence.

Twenty-one of the suspects appeared in Phalala Magistrate’s Court on Monday 20 January, and the case was postponed to 2 March 2020. They were released on a warning.

Mogol Post has inquired with the municipality regarding the allegations about the Mayor. Still, according to Conscious Chiloane, Municipal Communication Manager, they cannot respond because the actions were probably politically driven. She was not aware of the mentioned containers in which CVs could be submitted.

The investigation continues.

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