Protest action suspects granted bail

2019-03-13 06:02

FOUR men, aged between 41 and 69, facing charges of public violence, appeared at the Greytown Magistrate’s court on Monday, March 11. The four men, whose names have not been released as they have yet to plead in court, were arrested at the FET College last month after they allegedly staged a protest action.

The court heard that two of the accused have previous convictions and the other have no pending cases.

The suspects initially appeared in court on March 4 and the matter was adjourned for further investigation.

The suspects applied to be released on bail last month and the matter was adjourned for further investigation. The suspects will be released on R500 bail each on a condition that they do not enter the FET College.

Residents from Enhlalakahle came out in their numbers to support the four men facing charges.

When the magistrate ruled that the accused will be detained in custody, some of the residents in the fully-packed courtroom whispered in dissatisfaction.

MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Mxolisi Kaunda in his address last month explained to the residents that there was a court order issued against the instigators of violence.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane said: “It is alleged that the suspects were among the group that was protesting at the FET College construction site in the Greytown area on February 28. They were later arrested after the police managed to identify them as ringleaders.”

More than 200 residents from ward 7 blockaded the roads, complaining about employment at the FET College. The protesters also said uMvoti Municipality had failed them.

The matter was adjourned until April 5 for further investigation.

The suspects will be detained in custody until they pay a bail of R500 each.

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