63 in custody after protest

PLESSISLAER police station in Pietermaritzburg is full to capacity after the arrests of 63 service delivery protesters on Monday.

The 63 appeared in the city’s magistrate’s court yesterday, amid a heavy police presence as a large crowd of demonstrators toyi-toyed outside the building.

They were remanded in custody until September 20 when they will apply for bail.

Charges were withdrawn against two juveniles, aged 15 and 17, and they were released into their parents’ custody.

Forty-four were charged with public violence after they protested at the Henley Kwanandu location, blockading the roads with rocks and burning tyres.

The 150-strong crowd refused to obey police warnings to disperse. Seventeen of the arrested suspects have been charged with public violence after blockading Bulwer Road in the Gezubuso area, not far from Kwanandu, with burning tyres, a bulldozer and tree branches.

They have also been charged with two counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm after hitting two police officers, Paul Ndlovu and Mzikwakho Mthembu, with stones and bricks.

They were protesting against the lack of service delivery in ward five of the municipality.

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