Seven Welkom residents remain behind bars


Seven people arrested during the protest which erupted in Thabong near Welkom in the Free State last week remains in police custody.

OFM News reports that Police spokesperson, Motantsi Makhele, says they appeared in the Welkom Magistrate’s Court on Monday and their case has been postponed to 22 March 2021 for bail application. Two were arrested for public violence while five were also nabbed for possession of suspected stolen property after shops were looted during the protest. The protest was sparked by water shortages in the area and this led to irate residents barricading streets with burning tyres, big stones and rubbish.

During the protest, foreign national’s shops were looted and the seven were nabbed by the Public Order Police. Makhele previously told OFM News that a case of malicious damage to property was also registered.