EFF members to appear in court for allegedly setting alight houses

By Drum Digital
07 October 2014

Four EFF members who handed themselves over to police after allegedly setting alight houses, did not appear in the Bothaville Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, Free State police said.

"No, they did not appear today, there was a technicality. Some processes need to be done first," Captain Stephen Thakeng said.

He did not elaborate. The four would appear in the same court on Wednesday, he said.

Earlier, Thakeng said the four Economic Freedom Fighters members handed themselves to police on Monday. They face charges of public violence, arson, attempted murder, and malicious damage to property.

On Friday, six houses were torched in the township of Kgotsong, Bothaville, four of them belonging to councillors. A library was also set alight.

Twelve people were subsequently arrested and appeared in court on Monday. They are Sam Ndlovu, 31, Koos Motsili, 29, Jona Mabunda, 28, Carlos Machava, 31, Sello Malefane, 42, Mokete Namola, 41, Moses Xaba, 30, David Schalkwyk, 24, Serame Khumalo, 24, and Motlalepule Chaana, 18.

The other two, Godfrey Tsoai, 51, and Plaatjie Ndisisa, 30, appeared separately.

Their case was postponed to October 13 for a bail application.

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