Six in custody for attempted murder and public violence in Sterkstroom

OCTOBER 8, 2015

Six Sterkstroom residents, aged between 26-37 years, are expected to appear in town’s Magistrate’s Court on Friday on charges of attempted murder and malicious damage to property. This is after violence flared up as two political groups clashed in the town.

“It is alleged that the quarrel started in town at about 13:00 on Tuesday and resulted in members of the public vandalising the Mayor’s House and proceeded to the township where they damaged eight private houses. Three were burnt down including that of the former Mayor,” Eastern Cape police said.

“One male suspect, 35 years faces a charge of attempted murder after he allegedly took out his firearm and fired shots randomly at a rival group. The other five suspects have been charged for malicious damage to property.

Local Public Order police were deployed to quell the violence and to maintain peace and order in the town.

The police said that the situation is still tense on Wednesday and they would continue with their presence until all has normalised.

The Queenstown Cluster Commander, Brigadier Pumla Mavuka requested the Sterkstroom community to stop vandalising public property and endangering other people’s lives.

“There are other amicable ways of solving our differences, we cannot resort to violence. The police will arrest anyone who breaks the law and perpetrators will be prosecuted,” said Brigadier Mavuka.