‘No arms, pangas, knopkerries’ at Malema appearance

2012-09-25 11:26

Police in Limpopo have promised to adopt a hardline stance against lawlessness tomorrow at the Polokwane Magistrates’ Court when Julius Malema appears on charges of fraud, money laundering and corruption.

Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said in a press statement that police would heighten security in the vicinity of the court, the city centre and some areas of Seshego – Malema’s neighbourhood.

“The aim is to ensure peace and stability”, he said adding that the police would focus on crowd control and general monitoring of people’s behaviour.

“No lawlessness will be tolerated and those who break the law will be arrested immediately,” he said.

“Tight control will be enforced by members of the private security company at the court as well as members of the police. No dangerous weapons such as fire-arms, knopkerries, knives and pangas will be allowed into the court premises,” the statement reads.

Mulaudzi cautioned motorists to avoid streets around the court, as they would be closed.

The following streets would be closed for traffic: Rabe, Bodenstein, Landdros Mare and Schoeman. Huge crowds are expected to descend on the court to support Malema.

However, Mulaudzi said only a few people would be allowed inside the court room.

He pleaded with the public to cooperate with the police, traffic officials and security guards which would be deployed to ensure peace.

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