16 August 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

Itsoseng arson 10 remanded in custody

by: Nthusang Lefafa   date: 29 January 2018

The Itsoseng Magistrates Court has postponed the formal bail application of 10 suspects that were arrested for allegedly vandalising several homes that belonged to African National Congress (ANC) leaders in the township.
 
The 10 will remain in police custody until they appear before court on 5 February 2018. They are facing charges of arson, malicious damage to property and assault. The eight men and two women were arrested earlier this month in connection with the torching and vandalising of homes belonging to senior ANC members in Itsoseng.
Police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Lebogang Mokgothu, told Semphete that the court postponed the case because the suspects still need to consult their legal lawyers. 
 
“10 suspects appeared briefly before the Itsoseng Magistrates Court and their case was postponed due to the fact they have to consult with their legal representative. They will now do so at the holding cells because the bail application is currently in its second postponement,” Mokgothu said. 
 
Earlier this month, the homes of two ANC leaders were torched following clashes between the communities of Itsoseng and Verdwaal over who should be employed at a road construction project for a road leading to the Sephaku Cement plant near Lichtenburg.
 
Children were blocked from attending school and several properties, which include that of ANC Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) member, Blessing Modisane and Itsoseng Ward 6 Councilor Molefe Morutse were vandalised. 
 
Several stakeholders who included government officials visited the communities of Itsoseng and Verdwaal to hear the grievances of both communities and restore calm in the area.
 
Teaching and learning continued peacefully in both communities on Monday last week. 
 
Bokone Bophirima’s MEC for Community Safety and Transport Management, Dr Mokgantshang Mpho Motlhabane, urged communities to assist police with investigations.
 
“Police are going to make an example out of those who are arrested so that those who think of engaging in such activities know that there are dire consequences that they will face,” said MEC Motlhabane.