Three charged for torching Driefontein community hall

2016-05-11 06:00

KWADUKUZA Mayor Ricardo Mthembu has welcomed the arrest of a group of suspects charged for torching a community hall during a community protest in Driefontein, KwaDukuza on 20 April.

Three men, aged between 21 and 36, are facing charges of arson. One man was arrested at the weekend and two others on Tuesday, 3 May.

The suspect arrested on Saturday appeared at the uMhlali Periodical Court on Monday last week. The two others appeared on Wednesday. They have been remanded in custody.

The value of the damages incurred at the community hall amounts to R4 million. Mthembu welcomed the arrests saying that the justice system must reaffirm its authority to those who disregard the law.

“While we condemn the destruction of the community hall, we welcome the latest developments into this case. The arrest of the three suspects is an indication that we are strong at enforcing the law.

“It is now in the hands of the justice system to take its full course against the suspects. If they are found to be on the wrong side of the law, we expect the court to mete out harsh sentences to affirm its authority. We are also prepared to rally for harsh sentences so that the perpetrators suffer the consequences for their abhorrent actions," said Mthembu.

Mthembu also commended the good work done by the police and other law enforcement agencies in bringing about stability in the Driefontein area and for the arrests.

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