LIMPOPO – According to police spokesperson, Lt Col Moatshe Ngoepe, the 23 suspects are between the ages of 23 and 55-years-old.
The suspects were part of community protestors who went on a rampage, allegedly protesting against poor service delivery.
“The protesters used debris, stones, trees and burning tyres to barricade public roads and also damaged properties,” he added.
Nine suspects were arrested in Mecklenburg, five in Zebediela and nine in Mooketsi.
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The suspects arrested in Mooketsi will appear before the Bolobedu Magistrate Court today, 13 April, on charges of public violence, malicious damage to property, armed robbery and possession of suspected stolen properties.
The Mecklenburg suspects have appeared before the Mecklenburg Periodical Court on a case of public violence and they were each given R1000 bail and their cases were postponed to 9 July for further police investigations to take place.
The Zebediela suspects will appear before the Magatle Magistrate Court today, 13 April, on cases of public violence.
Provincial Commissioner, Lt. General Nneke Ledwaba, has strongly condemned these violent protests.
He added that communities are urged to process their complaints to relevant authorities and follow procedure rather than engaging in illegal and violent protests including damaging roads, damaging passing cars and properties.
“We are going to leave no stone un-turned until all perpetrators of these crimes are brought to book,” concluded Ledwaba.