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By Alex Matlala | Jul 16, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE small rural village of Taaibosch in the Blouberg local municipality was a scene of jubilation when community leaders were released from prison.

Villagers sang and danced when their leaders arrived in the village after they had spent a day behind bars in Bochum Prison.

The seven, including ANC ward 18 councillor David Sematla, were arrested on Sunday for allegedly defying a court order that forbade them to hold public meetings in the village without the permission of local Chief Lucas Mamadi.

They were arrested while in a meeting at the councillor's house and released on Monday after the court ruled that there was no case against them.

Elated villagers gathered at one of the forbidden places, called Separakeng, to celebrate the court's decision.


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