Northern Cape service delivery protester gets heavy sentence

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Photo: Andre Grobler

The Mothibistad Regional Court has punished a protester severely for setting a government vehicle alight during a service delivery protest. The court found Matthews Mather Gaobitse, 45, guilty of malicious damage to property during a community protest in Kuruman. The vehicle that was destroyed belonged to the Department of Agriculture.

The incident relates to a community protest when the community barricaded the main road in Glenreb Village in Kuruman. An agriculture official driving in the area was stopped and instructed to abandon the vehicle before it was set alight.

Gaobitse was positively identified as one of the protesters who committed the crime. He was sentenced to three years imprisonment, suspended for five years. Additionally, he was fined R10 000, or alternatively serve two years in prison.

Andre Grobler/Courant News