BLF release videos showing how ‘Public Protector hostage drama’ unfolded

The movement has released videos which appear to show them trying to release personnel.

BLF members were arrested after allegedly holding Public Protector staff hostage. Picture: blackopinion.co.za

PRETORIA - The Black First Land First movement (BLF) has released several videos of their protest at the Public Protector's office, which shows them storming the building and holing themselves up in an office with at least three employees.

Police arrested 26 members of the group yesterday - they appeared in the Hatfield Magistrates Court today on charges of trespassing and public violence.

The movement wanted an audience with Advocate Thuli Madonsela to demand answers on allegations related to billions of rand stolen from the Reserve Bank during the apartheid era - a complaint her office says it can't investigate.

LISTEN: Why the Public Protector cannot investigate apartheid crimes

"Fetch Thuli and we'll open," they're heard saying in the video.

A staff member believed she was being held against her will.

As BLF members tried to release the staff, the police burst in to the room.

The movement's members have been remanded in custody.

Madonsela says she's shocked and dismayed by the movement's conduct.

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