GMCF leaders charged and released

GMCF maintains that it is a peaceful organisation that seeks to help the youth of Govan Mbeki Municipality in their struggle against unemployment.

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Following labour-related protests at Murray and Roberts, three members of the Govan Mbeki Community Forum (GMCF) were arrested on charges of Public Violence and Malicious Damage To Property. On 13 June, the Forum gathered at Murray and Roberts in their usual fashion, pleading with the company (as it has done with many others) for the hiring of locals.
During the protest, members of the Forum torched some of Murray and Roberts’ office buildings and some vehicles on the premises. Eight security guards and employees were injured and taken to hospital.
The trio (Ashley Dubazane, Tshepo Ngcongwane and Sibusiso Magaya) appeared in Secunda Magistrates Court on Tuesday 19 June for bail applications. At that point, they had not participated in an identification parade, and the matter was postponed pending that process. They appeared again on Wednesday 20 June, where the prosecutor requested that the bail application be postponed again as the ID parade had still not taken place, and that the trio could possibly face additional charges, such as arson. The trio’s attorney, however, argued that the application could still proceed without the ID parade having taken place, and that this was not unheard of.
In finality, the judge ruled that because of the seriousness of the case, which had by that point received extensive media coverage, and the possibility of charges being added, the matter would indeed be postponed to Friday 22 June.
Throughout their appearances in court, the three accused were supported by the remaining members of GMCF, who gathered outside the court on each day, chanting and singing for the release of their comrades.
Dubazane, Ngcongwane and Magaya were released on bail of R5 000 each on Friday 22 June.
GMCF maintains that it is a peaceful organisation that seeks to help the youth of Govan Mbeki Municipality in their struggle against unemployment.

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