Limpopo residents in court over unrest

2012-03-08 16:59

Johannesburg - A total of 53 people appeared on charges of public violence in the Sekgosese Magistrate's Court in Limpopo on Thursday.

They were released on bail of R500 each and their case was postponed to May 2, Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto said.

The 53 were arrested in Sephukubje village after violence broke out at a local clinic on Sunday. This was sparked by a work-related dispute that led to a security guard being shot dead, allegedly by security company owner Harley Moretje Maraka.

Maraka faces a charge of murder and is in police custody. He was expected to appear in court on March 12 for a bail hearing, said Otto.

"The residents wanted police to hand over the arrested owner. When police refused, they started throwing stones at the clinic, breaking windows," Otto said.

A police vehicle was set on fire, and another was damaged.