Violent protesters charged

2019-04-18 06:01

Fifty-five people linked to the public unrest that gripped Lwandle last week appeared in Strand Magistrates’ Court for public violence and theft earlier this week.

Last week 44 suspects were in the dock, while another 11 appeared on Monday 15 April; their cases were postponed to today (Thursday 18 April).

All 55 accused appeared in front of Magistrate Karen Scheepers for a bail application. The state opposed bail for all, as it deemed the charges against them as “serious”.

On Monday, the 11 accused were informed of their right to private or state-appointed legal representation. Ten of them chose to apply for legal aid, while one decided to conduct his own defence.

Scheepers warned the man who chose to represent himself to heed caution as he was facing serious charges. The accused protested that he was not at the scene during the looting.

“That is what your legal aid professional will assist you with, so you can prove that,” Scheepers told the man, who later chose to be represented by a state-appointed legal representative.

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