More arrests in Muden unrest

2015-03-23 00:00

THE mayhem in Muden continued at the weekend with police arresting over 60 people for public violence and holding illegal gatherings.

Muden has been subjected to land and service delivery protests for weeks, resulting in violent demonstrations and the barricading of the R74. This is the only tarred road between the town and its nearest neighbour, Greytown.

Muden’s Zibambeleni Community ­Organisation youth officer Mnqobi ­Ngubane said the barricades on the R74 had been cleared last Monday.

On Friday, police arrived along the main road and arrested 22 people who were “just walking and not protesting”, he said.

Ngubane said a further 44 people were arrested on Saturday morning when farm dwellers in the Muden area held a ­community meeting and were charged with holding an illegal gathering and ­public violence.

Ngubane said the real issue at hand, besides service delivery, was that the community wants land.

“The issue here is land. We are struggling and want to own our own land and will take this to the Constitutional Court.

“The barricades are against the government, because the issue of land has been a problem here for a long time and we have not had help.

“We are also dealing with issues regarding poor service delivery, but the community feels once the land has been transferred to the farm dwellers, we can fix the rest,” said Ngubane.

SAPS spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said the protesters had in fact been violent.

“A total of 22 suspects were arrested on Friday, March 20, for public violence. They will appear in court on Monday [today],” said Zwane.

He added that the 44 people arrested on Saturday morning were arrested on charges of public violence and holding an illegal gathering.

“They were charged and released on warning at the police station. They are due to appear in court on Wednesday,” he said.

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