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NW Premier Mahumapelo to visit Coligny following protests

Community members torched three houses after two farm workers accused of killing a 16-year-old boy were granted bail.

FILE: Coligny community members outraged as murder accused granted bail. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo is expected to visit Coligny on Friday morning following protests in the area this week.

Community members torched three houses after two farm workers accused of killing a 16-year-old boy were granted bail.

The premier’s spokesperson Brian Setswambung says: “He’s visiting Coligny as part of the programme that he has initiated called Small Dorpies Reconciliation, Healing and Renewal Forum.

“Now he’s prioritising Coligny and he’s there as part of the intervention by government.”

Meanwhile, Afriforum has confirmed that it has commissioned a private security company to the protest-hit town to guard property.

The lobby group has however denied claims that it will only protect white farmers.

Afriforum’s Ian Cameron says the police have failed to maintain calm, which resulted in several houses being set alight.

“We’ve contracted a specific security company to assist there but they are not in the way of the police.

“They will not interfere with police business, but if there’s private property or anyone’s life in danger, they have the mandate from that specific individual, they can act and protect them.”

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