Councillor, co-accused released on bail

2017-07-28 06:00
Photo: suppliedCommunity members chant outside the Maluti Magistrate’s Court.

Photo: suppliedCommunity members chant outside the Maluti Magistrate’s Court.

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KHOAPA village residents chanted songs in jubilation when their Ward 6 councillor was granted R1 000 bail by the Maluti Magistrate’s Court last Thursday after appearing on a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The councillor and three people were arrested for allegedly beating a 28-year-old man accused of stealing in the village.

The councillor and his co-accused were not asked to plead in court and community members said he is not guilty. SAPS said the councillor and some community members searched for the victim, accused of stealing livestock, and allegedly beat him with sticks and sjamboks. The man escaped and was taken toMatatiele Hospitalwhere he was treated for multiple injuries.

“Bail of R1 000 was granted by the court to each suspect, including the councillor. SAPS are warning people not to take law into their own hands, instead they must report to the police,” said SAPS spokesman Raphael Motloung.

Matatiele Local Municipality speaker Nomasomi Mshuqwana said the municipality is not going to take further steps against the councillor until the law proves whether he is guilty or not.

“The municipality wants the law to take its course,” said Mshuqwana.


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