12 arrested after Dipompong debacle

PHALALA — Twelve suspects were arrested on charges of kidnapping, sabotaging, public violence and malicious damage to property last week and they appeared in the Phalala Magistrate’s Court on Thursday 7 February.

This came after a newly constructed road in Dipompong Village was blocked with large tree branches and stones on Monday 4 February. Two buses were ignited by members of the Sipompong concerned group who wanted to meet with Cllr Jack Maeko, Lephalale Municipality Mayor.

Vehicles were forced to drive on the side of the road before members of Public Order Policing Services (POPS) managed to open parts of the road on the eastern side of the village where the road was heavily blocked.

On Tuesday 5 February the road was blocked again and was unblocked later by members of POPS. The situation was reported to be tense.

The suspects who appeared in the Phalala Magistrate’s Court on Thursday were all granted bail.

The three females in the group were arrested for public violence and they were released without having to pay any bail.

Seven males who were arrested for public violence were granted bail of R500 each.

The two remaining suspects who were arrested for sabotaging, kidnapping, public violence and malicious damage to property were granted bail of R700 each.

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