Two deaths, 23 arrests registered after #ANC108 celebrations

Two deaths and 23 arrests were registered after the ANC’s January 8 celebrations that were hosted in Kimberley in the Northern Cape from 8 – 11 January 2020.

Two police officials have died and at least 23 people were arrested amidst the week of the ruling party’s 108th-anniversary party.

The national police spokesperson, Vishnu Naidoo, says eight people were arrested for minor offences and they were released, while the other 15 are going to appear in the Keimoes Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday 14 January 2020 for charges of public violence.

Meanwhile, a police constable, Stephano Nico Visagie (28), was brutally killed while he was visiting a friend for a sleepover on 8 January in Lennertsville in Keimoes, Northern Cape. Visagie was found on the bed with at least one stab wound to the chest.

The community of Keimoes and Upington started a protest yesterday calling for the arrest of the suspect. Following police investigations, a 35-year-old suspect was arrested in Krugersdorp, in Gauteng. He will be expected to appear in the Keimoes Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the second police officer died during a fatal accident when his car collided with a bus transporting ANC members from Koeimoes to Upington after the ANC party on Saturday. The car caught fire and he died from severe burns.

Seven of the bus passengers were transported to the Harry Surtie Hospital to be treated for minor injuries. A case of culpable homicide was opened and police are still investigating. The National Police Commissioner, John Sithole, applauded the Northern Cape police for the arrests.

OFM News/Marvin Ntsane