On Monday 26 April, as the five accused in the Coka brothers murder investigations awaited a court ruling on their requests for bail in the Piet Retief Magistrate’s Court, members of the Mkhondo SAPS, along with reinforcements from other SAPS departments held a heavy presence in town.
In total, there were approximately 200 officers who were stationed in Church Street, Kruger Street, and Market Street. Some were also patrolling through town to keep a lookout for any splinter groups of protestors that broke away from the main group. They were heavily armed and were not going to let lawlessness get the upper hand.
Due to the heavy police presence, the protestors were much calmer than on Monday 19 April and Tuesday 20 April and the group was a lot smaller. No businesses or vehicles were damaged and the group mostly stayed in the area around the court buildings.
Thank you to the members of the SAPS who ensured that things remained calm.