Ministers at Groblersdal court appearance


Bheki Cele and Ronald Lamola, respectively the ministers of police and justice, arrived in Groblersdal, Limpopo on Wednesday.

Both had earlier asked residents to remain calm and “allow justice to take its course”.

The minister is expected to address residents outside the court.

RNews learns that a delegation of local farmers is also expected at the court on Thursday to hand over a memorandum to Cele. The memorandum apparently contains, among other things, information about unsolved farm murders in the Groblersdal region, as well as complaints regarding the working methods of the Groblersdal police office.

This follows after a director of the Bittereinders, a movement which focuses on Afrikaner interests, was arrested in the town.

Francois van der Merwe marched with the Bittereinders and other supporters to the magistrate’s court. The group demanded the release of Piet Groenewald and Stephan Greeff, who allegedly assaulted a worker.

Groenewald, owner of Wildlife Investigation & Protection Services (WIPS) in Groblersdal, was arrested two weeks ago together with Greeff. According to the indictment, they face charges of, among other things, attempted murder.

The two allegedly assaulted Veneruru Kavari (30), a security guard in their service, with a pickaxe. After this, Kavari is said to have tried to flee. It is said to be at this stage that Greeff apparently incited a security dog ​​to attack Kavari. The two apparently also injected Kavari with an unknown substance before they allowed him to get medical help.

The state opposed Groenewald and Greeff’s bail application during the previous appearance. According to the investigating officer in the case, it would be better for the safety of both if they remain in custody for the time being.