Hofmeyr, Petzer in court due to ‘public violence’


Devon Hofmeyr, Willem Petzer and Tewie Wessels appeared together on Monday in the district court in Groblersdal, Limpopo, on charges of public violence.

About five heavily armed police officers were present when they appeared in the dock.

RNews learns that the fourth suspect, Dries Olivier, could not appear in court because he submitted a sick note to the Groblersdal police office.

Wessels, Hofmeyr and Petzer all three reported early in the morning with their bags at the police station where they were then arrested.

According to the preliminary indictment, they will face charges related to public violence and obstructing a police officer in the performance of his duties, among other things.

On January 24, the three were part of a demonstration outside the magistrate’s court in Groblersdal where Piet Groenewald (63) and Stephan Greeff (27) appeared. They are accused of assaulting a worker and allegedly unleashing a security dog ​​on him.

About 100 protesters, mostly from the Bittereinders movement, descended on the town with the Transvaals Vierkleur of the then Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek, to demand their release. The marchers and police members clashed and Francois van der Merwe, a leader of the Bittereinders, was arrested.

The state indicated on Monday that bail would be opposed.

However, the three’s defense made headlines and said they were ready to proceed with a bail application because all three’s addresses had already been confirmed by the police.

According to the state, this is not the case and the investigating officer in the case must still visit the three’s residences to confirm the addresses.

The case continues.