Nine arrested after Eastern Cape protest

“Nine people were arrested on Friday and we hope to arrest even more by the end of the day. Our detectives are still out there,” said spokeswoman Captain Thozama Solani.

Protesters assaulted African National Congress officials and a police officer outside the ANC’s James Calata House on Wednesday afternoon.

Solani said the arrests were made in Idutywa, Phakamisa, Sweet Waters, Fort Beaufort and Pedi.

The men will appear before the King William’s Town magistrate’s court on Monday, facing charges of assault, public violence, malicious damage to property and resisting arrest.

A man was arrested on the day of the protest and appeared in the King William’s Town Magistrate’s court on Friday, facing assault charges.

Zingisile Frans, 43, was remanded in custody, Solani said, and the case postponed until Feb 23 for a bail application.

The ANC’s provincial spokesman, Mlibo Qoboshiyana, welcomed the arrests.

“We welcome the ongoing arrest of some of the hooligans who stormed into our provincial headquarters and attacked our leaders, staff and damaged some of our property.

“The provincial working committee meeting, mandated by the provincial executive committee, to kick off the disciplinary processes against those who participated in this violent attack, is currently under way in King William’s Town.” Solani said the committee would announce its decisions soon.

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