At least seven villages in the outskirts of Giyani on Monday went on rampage demanding service delivery; clean running water and tar roads. The villages included Bonwani, Mavalani, Bantlo, Shivulani, Xikukwani, Nwadzeku-dzeku and Mninginisi Block 3.
Following their arrest on Monday, after the destruction of property in Giyani D1 and Xikukwani village, the protesters did not immediately make an appearance before the Giyani Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, which resulted in some members of the community having to boycott the outside Giyani police station on Tuesday night.
The disgruntled members from various villages were in support of the arrested protesters, and demanded their immediate release from the police holding cells.
Giyani police spokesperson, Constable Ridgewell Rikhotso told Giyani View that, due to the high volume of arrested protesters, members of Giyani SAPS needed more time to profile each suspect and charge them.
“We did explain to them, last night that we were still charging them and on Tuesday they will appear before the Giyani Magistrate’s Court”, he said.
All the 56 suspects were granted bail of R1000 each, and 44 of the arrested protesters out of the 56 are Mninginisi Block 3 residents.