About 21 members of the community around Mothibistad area were nabbed by the police for public violence on July 5, 2016 in the early hours of the day. These were released the following day at Mothibistad magistrate court and will reappear on July 27, 2016.
Protesters from Mapoteng, Promised Land and Magojaneng converged at the Seodin Cross, Mothibistad junction, early in the morning around 03:00 and resorted to protests demanding for better service delivery from the Ga-Segonyana municipality.
The protest, predominantly spearheaded by the EFF members, has become consistent, clamouring for the supply of electricity, water and other services.
A month ago, another protest march was conducted, pointing at the same grievances in which a memorandum was presented to the Ga-Segonyana municipality authorities. The protestors went to Kagung along N14 highway where they burnt tyres in the early hours of the morning and an altercation with the police ensued leading to some of them being arrested.
After the arrest, members of the EFF went to the Kuruman police station demanding for their unconditional release of the detainees, or they be arrested too as a way of solidarity with their counterparts. They also demanded to meet with the mayor of Ga-Segonyana municipality councillor Gibson Anthony.
The police did its best to facilitate the meeting at 14:00 that afternoon at the station’s community hall. The meeting was however aborted prematurely when the EFF members demanded the release of their comrades as a precondition to the meeting they had requested.
EFF members besiege Kuruman Police Station demanding the release of some of their comrades arrested earlier in the morning