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2 May 2018
9:14 am

65 suspected looters in the dock following North West riots


The suspects face charges of possession of suspected stolen goods and business burglary.

Looting and rioting during community protests calling for North West premier Supra Mahumapelo to step down on April 18, 2018 in Mahikeng, South Africa. The revolt against Mahumapelo has resulted in the looting of shops and trucks being torched in the area. Picture: Gallo Images

At least 65 people have appeared in courts following a wave of looting and rioting in North West, police said on Wednesday.

Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said the group appeared in the Klerksdorp and Mmabatho magistrates’ courts on Monday facing charges of possession of suspected stolen goods and business burglary.

“Out of this number, 56 appeared in the Klerksdorp Magistrates’ Court following their arrest last week in Jouberton near Klerksdorp. They were granted R300 bail each, and will appear before the court again on Wednesday, 30 May 2018,” said Brigadier Mokgwabone.

He said nine others aged between 18 and 48 appeared in the Mmabatho Magistrates’ Court following their arrest in Mmabatho and Lomanyaneng. One person was released on bail of R300, and will be back in court on 28 May. The other eight were remanded in custody until their next court appearance on 10 May.

“During the track and recovery operations, the police found at the suspects’ places goods such building, plumbing materials as well as groceries that were looted from a local hardware business and tuck-shops during the protests,” said the brigadier.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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