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2021/04/16      |  Written By:  Warrant Officer M Magoro   |   Province:  Limpopo

POLOKWANE - A member of the South African National Defence Force aged 53 is amongst the seven suspects arrested for incidents of public violence that erupted in Phalaborwa, Namakgale and Lulekani on Friday 09 April 2021.

Phalaborwa town was almost deserted when the R71 road, R40 road and other subsidiary roads were blocked by protesters using tree branches, burning tyres and rocks.

The violent protests hugely disrupted tranquility in the affected areas as children could not go to school, people could not go to work and shops were closed. More police members had to be deployed to quell the violence.

The suspects, aged between 23 and 53, were arrested during the target raids that were conducted at identified locations. They will appear in Namakgale magistrate court tomorrow, Thursday 15 April 2021.

First to be arrested were two suspects, Peter Malatji aged 50 and  a 35 year old woman Mavis Malatji who were apprehended on Monday 12 April 2021.They have appeared in Namakgale magistrate court today and the woman collapsed in court soon after they were remanded in custody and had to be rushed to hospital where she has been admitted under police guard. Both will again appear in the same court on 20 April 2021. More arrests are expected.

The Provincial Commissioner of police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has commended the members for tirelessly hunting down the suspects and bringing them to book.