A case of public violence and possession of suspected stolen goods against 12 accused has been postponed until Thursday, 18 October 2018 for further investigation and legal representation. Of the 12 accused, 11 were granted R500,00 bail each while one was released on warning.
The accused’s court appearance emanated from their arrest on Sunday, 9 September 2018 in Klerksdorp following the violence that broke out in Pienaarsdorp. Acts of violence continued on Monday, 10 September 2018 and several buildings belonging to foreign nationals were torched at Viljoen and Coetzee streets. The violence also led to looting of two businesses and torching of ten vehicles at a place that is owned by a foreign national and used for backyard mechanical repairs.
The violence is linked to an incident in which a body of a male was found on the street by the police who were patrolling in Pienaarsdorp on Sunday morning. It came out later that the body with two stab wounds, was of a local taxi driver. An unconfirmed number of taxi drivers allegedly grouped themselves with intention to avenge their colleague’s death who they alleged was killed by foreign nationals. According to information available at this stage, reports suggests that later during the day, a 28 year-old Zimbabwean foreign national was allegedly stabbed with a knife on the chest by taxi drivers while at his tuckshop. He was taken to hospital, but certified dead on arrival.
Prior to that a group of people were seen setting alight hawkers stalls at the taxi rank where goods were also stolen.
Investigations into all reported cases continue and nobody has been arrested and charged for either of the murders.
The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane reiterated that lawlessness cannot be tolerated. She said that while inhabitants have the right to express their dissatisfaction, that must be done within the ambit of the law and that no one is allowed to take the law into his or her own hands.
The police are maintaining a presence in the area to stabilise and normalise the situation.