Thursday, 21 October 2021
Sasolburg: Zamdela SAPS Executive Structure, a detective wing operating under Public Order Policing (POP), secured a good conviction which sent out a strong message warning community members to refrain from being involved or instigating public violence within communities.
This conviction follows an incident that occurred on Friday; 01 January 2021, at Zamdela; Sasolburg. The accused Mosiuwa Mosia (51) and Thapelo Segalo (25), were alleged to be part of a larger group that was marching and instigating public violence due to lack of service delivery provided in their area, main focus being not having electricity.
The community had barricaded the roads with burning tyres, therefore obstructing traffic flow and instilling fear to other residents who did not form part of the strike. POP Unit was called to scene to calm the situation and managed to arrest the two suspects.
The two accused males appeared before the Sasolburg Magistrates Court on 15 October 2021, facing charges of public violence and contravening the Road Traffic Management Act. The duo were given a sentence of a fine amounting to R10 000.00 each or 24 month direct imprisonment.
The sentence is suspended for a period of 5 years on condition that the accused are not convicted of committing another public violence act during the suspension period.
“I plead with all community members to refrain from such public violence acts, it is unfortunate that only two suspects were arrested whereas there was a larger group involved. I hereby plead with the community members to follow proper procedures for complaining or voicing out their concerns on such lack of services rather than taking matters into their own hands.” said the Acting District Commissioner Brigadier Mapulane Mbeloane.