RUSTENBURG, February 13 (ANA) – Security has been beefed up at the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court ahead of the appearance of 14 Nigerian men accused of public violence on Tuesday.
A high number of police were deployed outside the court building and some were in the courtroom.
Protesters were expected to be kept about 100m from the court buildings.
The bail hearing was abruptly halted on Friday, when irate protesters threatened to torch the court buildings.
A crowd of about 5,000 people was protesting outside the court when they threatened to burn the court building, calling for the authorities to send the Nigerians back to their country accusing them of operating brothels and drug dens in Rustenburg.
On January 10, eight guest houses were torched when locals went on a rampage raiding building they suspect of operating as brothels and drug houses, claiming to clean Rustenburg off prostitution and drugs.
Eleven days later, Nigerian nationals allegedly went on a revenge attack. They allegedly damaged cars at Waterval. They are also accused of assaulting and robbing people in Rustenburg Noord.
The suspects were arrested for public violence on the same day when they went, to the Rustenburg police station where they blocked the entrance.
Some of the accused face charges of malicious damage to property, assault and robbery.
Business owners, residents and shoppers in Rustenburg were notified of possible disruptive actions ahead of the court appearance.
“Business owners are advised to monitor the situation for their own safety and the safety of their clients. The closure of shops and businesses are entirely at their own discretion,” read the notice.
Roads near the court have been closed.