By Kaya 959 News
A 45-year-old man accused of instigating public violence that led to looting in parts of Gauteng has appeared in court.
Bruce Aldrin Nimmerhoudt, a senior Patriotic Alliance, appeared in the Roodepoort Magistrates Court on Monday.
Nimmerhoudt was charged with inciting to commit public violence. He was arrested on Friday in Witpoortjie on the West Rand following a voice note that was circulated on social media platforms.
A man could be heard inciting members of society in and around the areas of Krugersdorp, Randfontein and Roodepoort to commit public violence.
“The case was postponed to 26 July after a request from the State Advocate, Enock Makua for the state to be given an opportunity to conclude investigations in preparation for the bail hearing,” said NPA spokesperson, Phindi Mjonondwane.
Looting suspects appear in court
Mjonondwane urged “members of the public to refrain from creating and circulating messages that seek to instigate communities to act in a violent manner, instill fear and/or undermine the efforts of rebuilding for the good of the country.”
She said in relation to the alleged incidents of public violence, looting and burning of infrastructure that began on Monday, 11 July in Soweto, 587 people appeared in various courts in the West Rand district – bringing the total number of those facing prosecution to 682.
“Their ages range from 18 to 72 years. They are facing charges ranging from public violence, theft, malicious injury to property, the contravention of the Disaster Management Act, housebreaking with intent to commit an offence and robbery,” Mjonondwane said.
Most of the suspects were “remanded in custody till the hearing of their bail applications that will be heard between 19 July to 21 August”.
“The bail was fixed for the 20 of them after careful consideration of each case and the merits thereof. The bail amounts vary from R1000 to R5000 each.
“The NPA continues to deal with the influx of dockets related to the past week’s unrests and is expecting numbers of people that face prosecution to increase as law enforcement is currently embarking on reclaiming the loot from alleged thieves,” Mjonondwane said.