Agang SA members appear in Mahwelereng Magistrate Court, Mokopane, Limpopo on Wednesday as prosecution asks for more time to find evidence
Three Agang SA members who were arrested last Monday, 22nd July, after a meeting with residents in Limpopo was disrupted by an ANC councillor, appeared in Mahwelereng Magistrate Court this morning Wednesday, 31st July 2013.
The Magistrate postponed the hearing of the case until 6th September to allow the prosecution more time to investigate the charge of malicious damage to property.
The allegations stem from a community meeting held on 22nd July, organised by Agang SA members of the Mzombane community. This citizen action by our members has already forced a response from the municipality with road maintenance and cleaning and the provision of water trucks to the community appearing after the meeting.
Dr Mamphela Ramphele commented:
“The community of Mzombane, like many others across the country, is fed up with food parcel pay-offs when all these citizens were asking for was water, electricity, jobs, decent education and healthcare. After nearly 20 years of waiting, enough is enough.
“Agang SA and the community called for a meeting with the Mayor of Mogalakwena Local Municipality in Mokopane to address these issues but instead we ended up with a Councillor abusing public money and offering jobs for votes. Having attempted to disrupt our meeting, the Councillor then opened a case against the very Agang SA members who ensured that the proceedings were conducted with respect.
“Rather than engage on the real issues people face, it seems the ANC are going to try cheap tricks to disrupt our work with the threat of charges and the disturbance of our meetings.
“Agang SA will not be intimidated, as our members have shown in Mzombane again today, and will show again across the country. We categorically deny the allegations made against our members and are providing legal representation every step of the way as we trust in the legal system of our country to prove their innocence.”