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Saturday, September 26, 2020
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    ama-Gorilla appears in court

    During this process, many properties and vehicles were damaged.

    The past few weeks saw a lot of mixed emotions in Evander. First it was of fear when masses of people swarmed the streets of Evander. The fear turned to astonishment as members of the ama-Gorilla community forum stormed the houses of suspected drug dealers, confiscating ingredients used in the manufacturing of drugs. Or so they say.
    During this process, many properties and vehicles were damaged. The South African Police Services (SAPS) decided to step in and arrested 42 members of the group. The preparation of court papers took a long time and the 42 suspects appeared in court on Monday, 15 April.
    Supporters and family members gathered at the court last week demanding to see their family members. This could only happen once they have formally been charged.
    The supporters of the ama-Gorillas as well as members of the group gathered at courts in Evander on Monday, 15 April. The Black Land First (BLF) movement came to support in numbers. They dominated the scene, an EFF flag or two were feebly waving in the wind.
    33 members of the group were released on bail of R500 each on condition that they not enter Evander without the express approval from the investigating officers. The rest of the accused were remanded in custody for formal bail applications.
    The group gathered outside when the court was over and under the leadership of one of the BLF leaders started chanting freedom songs: “Kill the Boer, Kill the farmer,” as well as “One Bullet, One Settler.”
    The release of those with bail were not finalised at the time of writing this article.

    ama-Gorilla appears in court