Man arrested for assaulting a police officer


By Agreement Mabunda

GROBLERSDAL-The 25 year old  male suspect who formed part of the group of demonstrators during a court appearance of Mr Pieter  Groenewalt and  step son Stephan  Hendrick Greef when they made their second court appearance for attempted murder at Groblersdal Magistrate’s Court ,was remanded in custody when he appeared on Thursday 2024/01/25 .

Francois Van Der Merwe is facing charges of  assault on police  and interference with police in their execution of their duties.

The matter is postponed to Thursday 1 February 2024 for further investigation and formal bail application.

It is alleged that on Wednesday January 24  the police blocked the route leading to the Magistrate’s Court building in Groblersdal as part of crowd control when the suspect who was accompanied by a group of people became unruly and confrontational , pushing their way marching towards the court.  It was at the time when one of the members trying to bring about control,  was violently pushed to the ground.

The reinforcement from police came to their colleagues rescue and arrest the suspect.

Francois van der Merwe is currently out on bail for an incident that took place in December 2023. He was arrested for hitting another patron of a pub in Gezina in Pretoria on the head with a brandy bottle, during a Steve Hofmeyr performance.

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