Forty-four people arrested in connection with violent protest in the Kgetlengrivier municipality are due to appear in the Koster Magistrate's Court facing charges ranging from public violence to possession of suspected stolen property. Photo: Molaole Montsho

KOSTER - All 44 people arrested in connection with violent protests in Koster, in the North West, are expected to appear in the Koster Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Thirty-one people were arrested in May following violent service delivery protests in Koster and Derby. 

Residents in the Kgetlengrivier municipality went on a rampage and barricaded roads.

Kgetlengrivier Mayor Kim Medupe's house and another building she owned were torched in Reagile as well as her guesthouse business was also torched in Koster town.

In June, another three people were arrested, this led to another protest and ten people were arrested bringing the total number of arrested people to 44.

They would face charges of public violence, possession of suspected stolen property and malicious damage to property.

They were all released on a R1000 each and their case postponed to June 28 for decision of the director of public prosecution.

African News Agency (ANA)