Provincial Commissioner condemns acts of lawlessness

POLOKWANE - The South African Police Service in Limpopo is aware of the video clips that have gone viral on various social media platforms, showing scuffles between the police and a group of community members in Burgersfort outside the periodical court building. Subsequent media article that are based on these clips clearly create an impression that the people of Limpopo are up in arms against the police.

The fact of the matter is that this was a group of hooligans who wanted to disrupt the proper administration of justice by wanting to forcibly remove from the courtroom, the two accused who were appearing on a murder charge in the Regional court sitting in Burgersfort yesterday, Monday, 29 July 2019.

Appearing in this court, were the two accused who were arrested for murdering an educator from Driekop, dismembering her body and then disposing of the parts at different places in the area along the R37 road between Burgersfort and Lydenburg.

As much as we are sympathetic to the family of the deceased, due process must however be allowed to unfold unhindered, said General Ledwaba. The Police did the work by apprehending the suspects in this case and we will therefore not tolerate any form of vigilantism, concluded General Ledwaba.

Following the public violence and the assault on a police officer that erupted yesterday, 29 July 2019, in Burgersfort, two suspects were immediately arrested. The suspects, Prudence Magagane aged 37 and Thato Magabane aged 27, both related to the deceased, have appeared in Burgersfort Magistrate's Court today, Tuesday 2019-07-30 on charges of Public Violence and assault. They were both released and warned to appear again on 08 September 2019.

Source: South African Police Service