Harrismith N3 Protests: Now 55 suspects to appear in court

Freestate police have maintained a high level of visibility with patrols along the N5 and N3 near Harrismith restoring calm on Monday

Harrismith N3 Protests: Now 55 suspects to appear in court

A total of 55 suspects are expected to appear in the Harrismith Magistrates Court on Monday in connection with the recent violent protests on the N3 over the past few weeks.

The latest court appearances are expected as life appeared to return to a semblance of normalcy in the region, which had a high police presence patrolling the area, to ensure no further protests could break out on Monday morning.

Freestate regional SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele said:

“The police visibility is still high and patrols have been intensified in and around Harrismith, Tshiame and Makgolokweng Village (following the) violent protests that took place for past three weeks.”

Makhele said life appeared to return to normal early on Monday morning in places that had previously been affected by the violent protests during which crowds had petrol bombed vehicles on the roads. At least one truck burst into flames when it was hit by a petrol bomb on the N3 near the Harrismith area last week.

“Buses, taxis and other mode of transport started moving and businesses (operated) as usual. The learners in Intabazwe went to school including other areas such as Makgolokweng and Tshiame A and B,” Makhele said.

“The situation is normal and quiet on both national roads, the N5 and N3 which are being closely monitored by highway patrolling vehicles.”

Makhela said that at least 55 people were expected to appear in the Harrismith Magistrate’s court on connection with the service delivery protests. He said the suspects were facing charges of public violence and tempering with infrastructure. 

He said 39 suspects were appearing in court for the second time to face the charges, while a further 16 suspects were appearing in court for the first time, following their arrests on charges of public violence and damage to infrastructure.

Source : The South African More   

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The Department of Basic Education has called on all school staff, including teachers to be in school from Wednesday, 23 June 2021, and get their COVID-19 vaccine.

Plans are afoot to vaccinate 582 000 people within the next two weeks. The move comes as the department has said there are no plans of closing schools at the start of the new school term on 26 July 2021 – despite a surge in COVID-19 infections.

On Saturday, 19 June, Minister Angie Motshekga announced that staff at public and private schools would be vaccinated by July 8.

“For the next two weeks, we make the clarion call to our school communities to “DROP ALL, AND VACCINATE!” In order for us to successfully complete this programme, we will need to keep schools open. Any disruptions would be undesirable,” Motshekga said.

“We need to work extremely hard and around the clock to vaccinate as many people as possible in our sector. Vaccinating does not mean that we need to stop adhering to the nonpharmaceutical health and safety protocols”

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga

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All the major teachers’ unions have expressed support over the vaccination of educators. The Basic Education department said the leadership of the unions themselves was expected to be jabbed, along with the teachers.

School Governing Body associations have also supported the vaccination programme and committed to working closely with the Department to ensure that all targeted people receive their jabs.

“The Department of Basic Education has sent a circular to provinces to outline all the steps that must be taken to before and during the vaccination process in basic education. Provincial Education Departments will also provide more details to District, Circuit offices and schools on scheduling of the vaccination in all the sites,” the department has said.

While calls have been mounting for schools to close, amid the third wave of COVID-19 infections, Motshekga has said that only 100 out of over 25 000 schools, had seen a worrying rise in cases.

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