One person has been arrested in connection with the alleged assault to Henry Holsthyzen, 48, who had earlier tried to prevent suspected illegal occupiers from accessing an empty mining house in Rustenburg, North West. Holsthyzen was apparently assaulted in the process with objects such as a spade and a ladder. Meanwhile, another mining house in Rustenburg is illegally occupied.
Col. Police spokesperson Sabata Mokgwabone said that a 36-year-old suspect was arrested on Friday on assault charges.
However, Mokgwabone said the suspect could not appear in court due to the Covid-19 pandemic and has since been released and warned to appear in court on October 27.
Rustenburg has allegedly been hit multiple times last week with people attempting to occupy several houses.
Johan Cronje, a DA councilor in Rustenburg, confirmed on Monday that illegal occupiers had attacked another mining house over the weekend. This time in Olienhout Avenue while a woman was moving into the house in question.
According to Cronje, the occupiers confronted the woman and said the house in question was earmarked for occupancy. The woman was not injured in the incident.
Cronje explains that mining houses are already occupied in Rustenburg from the end of November. Mining houses in the east and north of the town (ward 18) were initially targeted, after which ward 16, where Cronje is a councilor, began running through mid-February.
According to Cronje, at least 144 mining houses in the town have been illegally occupied to date. These mining houses all belong to three different mines in the Rustenburg area.
He explains that the town councilors can report the illegal occupations to the authorities, but that their hands have been cut off further. “It’s a problem. It creates a sense of insecurity among residents and causes panic among communities. It also puts a lot of pressure on board members. We fear for our communities. ”
One of the mines obtained an urgent eviction order last week against the illegal occupiers in one of its empty mining houses. The occupiers were then forced to move out of the house on Friday.