28 arrested for hijacking Joburg buildings

Twenty-eight people have been arrested in Jeppestown, Johannesburg, for hijacking a building.

Captain Paul Ramaloko of the Hawks said they were arrested last night.

He said the group had not respected an order of the High Court in Johannesburg instructing them to leave the building. The order was served in December.

“They are facing charges of contempt of court, malicious damaged to property and trespassing,” he said. Ramaloko said a charge of housebreaking could be added.

“Five women who had children under five were released on warning. They were warned to appear in court today.”

He said the rest of the group was also expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court today.

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