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Freight trucks and bus inferno–five suspects in court

Five people appeared in the Phalala Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for allegedly torching three freight trucks and a bus amid violent protest that closed R572 road between Lephalale and Groblesrbrug at Ga-Seleka village a week ago, this brings to seven the number of suspects in the dock.

The suspects are facing public violence and malicious damage to property charges.

They were not asked to plead, and the case was postponed to May 31 for further investigations.

The court released them on R1000 bail each.

In a separate matter, 11 suspects appeared in the same court on Monday indicted with public violence and business robbery.

They are out on R1 500 bail each.

It is claimed the crowd entered a shop run by a foreign national, tied him before robbing him R15 000 in cash and a grocery worth R25 000.

The group has been warned to appear again in court on May 31.

The arrests is a sequel to violent protest in which three cargo trucks and a bus were burnt including the looting of a local grocery shop.

It is alleged a group of protesters barricaded the road near Phalala River in protest against chieftaincy dispute in the village.

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