3 men arrested for setting community hall on fire
Three men aged between 21 and 36 appeared in the uMhlali Periodical Court facing charges of arson for allegedly setting alight a community hall during a protest in Driefontein, KwaDukuza.
All three were remanded in custody until their next appearance.
KwaDukuza Mayor Ricardo Mthembu on Thursday “welcomed” the arrest and subsequent appearance in court of the trio. The community hall was torched on 20 April 2016. Damages have been estimated at R4 million.
“While we condemn the destruction of the community hall, we welcome the latest developments into this case,” said Mthembu.
“The arrest of the three suspects is an indication that we are strong at enforcing the law. It is now in the hands of the justice system to take its full coarse against the suspects.
“If they are found to be on the wrong side of the law, we expect the court to mete out harsh sentences to affirm its authority over those who undermine the law. We are also prepared to rally for harsh sentences so that the perpetrators suffer the consequences for their abhorrent actions.”
The remanded trio will be back in the dock on Monday.
– African News Agency (ANA)
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