The SAPS Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba yesterday, 26 May 2018 visited the affected area of Zaaiplaas where school buildings and a police van were torched during violent protests. In a meeting attended by various stake holders, an agreement was reached that will see the secession of these violent protests that engulfed the area for the past four days.
Following the Provincial Commissioner's visit to the area as part of his intervention, a sting joint operation led by the SAPS Groblersdal Cluster Commander Brigadier Mafete Mogwaneng, was last night conducted in the Zaaiplaas policing area outside Groblersdal.
The operation was composed of SAPS members from Denilton, Motetema, Groblersdal, Hlogotlou and Nebo which resulted in the arrest of two of the ringleaders of the protests.
The suspects, aged 24 and 29 respectively, were arrested at Keerom village. This brings to seven the total number of suspects arrested since the violence started. More arrests are expected.
The seven suspects will appear in Groblersdal Magistrates’ court on Monday, 28 May 2018 on charges of two counts of arson, malicious damage to property and assault on police.
This intervention follows the torching of a police van, Administration blocks of Leriane Secondary School in Holneck village and Rehlahlilwe Primary School in Keerom and the injuring of one police officer in the Zaaiplaas area in recent past.
The whole impulse erupted after a group of community members from Zaaiplaas, started to be violent following their protest actions which started a week ago by barricading the R579 road.
Anyone with information which can lead to the arrest of all the outstanding suspects involved in these incidents, may contact Captain Richard Boshomane at 079 894 5501 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.