13 arrested for arson, kidnapping in Marikana

2014-07-09 11:56

Thirteen people were arrested for arson and kidnapping at the Mmaditlhokwa informal settlement in Marikana today, North West police have said.

“They were wanted for allegedly setting alight a ward councillor’s house and a house belonging to the councillor’s close friend, where a person was also kidnapped during the night on May 13,” Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said.

Residents blocked the entrance to the informal settlement with rocks, apparently protesting over the arrest of the 13.

“The road has been blocked. Police are monitoring the situation,” he said.

Ward councillor Appearance Ndlovu’s house was burnt down during a protest by residents in May. They barricaded roads with burning tyres and rubble in protest against blasting at the nearby Tharisa mine.

They alleged the blasts damaged their houses and affected their children’s health.

Sixteen people were arrested on that night for public violence. They pleaded guilty and each paid a R100 admission of guilt fine in the Rustenburg Magistrates’ Court on July 4.

Mokgwabone said the four women and nine men arrested today were expected to appear in the Rustenburg Magistrates’ Court soon.

In a separate incident, three men were arrested for possession of an illegal firearm in Marikana.

“The suspects were arrested after information was received that they were in possession of a firearm. They are expected to appear in Ga-Rankuwa Magistrates’ Court on Thursday,” said Mokgwabone.

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