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North West - Police blocked off roads around the Klerksdorp Magistrate's Court on Monday ahead of the bail application of eight men accused of the murder of ANC North West official Obuti Chika.
Fifteen police vehicles, including several nyalas, had formed a U-shape around the entrance to the court.
ANC supporters had started gathering on the edge of the police line.
The court building is scheduled to open at 8.30am.
The bail application began last week.
Chika, 33, was shot at point-blank range in the driveway of his home on December 14. He died later in a Klerksdorp hospital.
Local government MEC China Dodovu is among those arrested in connection with Chika's murder.
The suspected trigger-man, Sihlangu Sekhakhane, was also arrested. He led police to Msinga in KwaZulu-Natal, where the suspected murder weapon was found.
The other accused are community member Jeffrey Letuka, North West provincial ANC Youth League chairman Papiki Baboile, ward secretary Paul Molomonyane, councillor Itumeleng Molebatsi, municipal worker William Malefo and taxi driver Kgotso Kali. - Sapa