Farmers arrested for assault on ‘arsonists’

2011-08-22 07:31

Two North West men were expected to appear in court today after allegedly assaulting four suspected arsonists over the weekend.

Police Captain Aafje Botma said the two men were believed to be farmers of Amalia outside Schweizer-Reneke.

Botma said: “Apparently a fire was started in the area on Saturday. We do not know who was responsible for starting the fire, but these two men assaulted four people whom they believed were the arsonists. The two men were arrested for assault.”

After this incident, community members in Amalia yesterday blocked the road and set the veld alight, apparently in protest against the assault.

Botma said the situation had been brought under control by this morning.

Afrikaans daily Beeld reported that the four injured were admitted to the Schweizer-Reneke state hospital.

The four were reportedly punched and shot at.

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