Charges against Limpopo protesters dropped

2012-05-09 16:43

Johannesburg - Charges of public violence against nine protesters have been withdrawn by the Musina Magistrate's Court, Limpopo police said on Wednesday.

Lieutenant Col Ronel Otto said the case was withdrawn on Tuesday because of a lack of witnesses.

The nine people had been arrested - four of them on Sunday and the other five on Monday when they handed themselves over to the police - for public violence.

The arrests arose from a protest about service delivery issues by the Musina community.

The protest started on Sunday, when residents marched to the house of Musina Mayor Carol Phiri and that of the chief whip of the municipality Simon Madamalala. Protesters demanded that they be removed.

The protest continued on Tuesday outside the court were the nine arrested protesters appeared.

"The situation is calm at the moment; no violence was reported on Wednesday," she said.