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Rustenburg - All 21 people arrested for various alleged offences related to violence in Boitumelong near Bloemhof have  appeared in court, North West police said on Thursday.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said the accused appeared in the Bloemhof Magistrate's Court on Wednesday. Some were released on bail and others remanded in custody.

They were arrested by the provincial task team between Monday and Tuesday, as a result of months of intensive investigations relating to incidents of vigilantism and public violence that were reported earlier this year in Boitumelong.

They were arrested for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, kidnapping, house robbery, murder, robbery, malicious damage to property and public violence. 

In one of the incidents on June 24, an 18-year-old man was admitted to hospital after he was severely assaulted at Extension 10, Boitumelong. He later died at hospital and a case of murder was registered for investigation.

A man accused of his murder was remanded in custody until October 11. Eight people accused of kidnapping were all remanded in custody until October 9.

Six people were accused of robbery, three of them who are women, and were granted R500 bail each while three others were kept in custody until the next appearance on October 11.

Five people were accused of house robbery. They were all remanded in custody until October 9. Four accused of public violence were granted R500 bail and would appear in court on October 16.

Twelve others accused of malicious damage to property were all remanded in custody. Ten of them will reappear on October 11 while the other two were expected back in court on October 9.

Three accused of theft were remanded in custody until October 9.

A woman accused of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm  was granted R500 bail, while the case against eight of her co-accused was postponed to October 9.

Four accused of public violence and malicious damage to property were granted R500 bail, their case was postponed to October 16.

African News Agency (ANA)