Tenants off the hook

The state yesterday withdrew charges of public violence against 34 Schubart Park tenants arrested on Christmas Day - after violent protests broke out in the Pretoria CBD.

The state yesterday withdrew charges of public violence against 34 Schubart Park tenants arrested on Christmas Day - after violent protests broke out in the Pretoria CBD.

The prosecution withdrew the charges because the police stormed the building and randomly arrested whoever they came across.

The tenants burnt rubbish bins and threw stones and bottles at police in protest over power and water cuts in the building.

Police spokesperson Captain Dumisani Ndlazi argued that serious damage might have occurred if police had not arrested the unruly tenants. - Sipho Masombuka

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