Chaos erupted on Sunday, 29 May 2023, as community members brought traffic on Van Reenen’s Pass to a virtual standstill. However, legal authorities have now initiated action against several participants of the protest.
According to KwaZulu-Natal SAPS spokesperson, Colonel Robert Netshiunda, law enforcement officials arrested 17 individuals.
On Tuesday, 30 May 2023, these 17 protestors made their first court appearance at the Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court.
As the legal consequences unfold for the 17 protestors, Colonel Netshiunda explained that among the suspects, five females and twelve males were community members who barricaded the N3 highway in both directions at Van Reenen’s Pass on Sunday morning.
Colonel Netshiunda stated, “Police had arrested a man suspected of committing a murder in the area earlier in the day. Angry community members stormed the local police station and demanded that the suspect be handed over to them, possibly for the purpose of mob justice.”
He further elaborated that after the crowd dispersed from the police station, they blockaded the N3 freeway using burning tires, stones, and other debris, causing a significant traffic jam. The police later managed to clear the road.
The suspects, whose ages range from 20 to 47 years old, have been formally charged with public violence.
With legal action now initiated against these 17 protestors, it raises questions about the incident. What are your thoughts on this matter? We encourage you to share your opinions in the comment section below.