Bapsfontein update: Leaders released from prison

By Kwanele Sibanda, CORC

There are 29 community members who were arrested on allegations of perpetrating public violance during a forced removal. The members were arrested and they spent nine days behind bars. They were then released on a R500 bail per member. Their bail money was raised through contributions by their fellow community members.

Today, the 9th of February 2011 was a happy day for them and the ISN members that have been supporting them all the way. Charges against them were dropped, however the community now intends to involve the Human Rights Commission to intervene in terms of the violated human rights. A meeting with the Human Rights Commission has already been set by the community and it shall be held tomorrow in Bapsfontein at 5pm.

Three ISN members from different settlements and two Corc staff members were present for support.