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Alleged looting instigator to apply for bail next week

Article by: Dumisane Dube

The case of one of the alleged instigators of the recent violent protests and looting of businesses in the country has been postponed for formal bail application.

The case involving incitement to commit public violence charges against 40-year-old Phineas Letsoalo, who appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday morning, has been remanded to 18 August for a formal bail application.

Letsoalo was arrested on Monday by the Hawks, together with the Free State crime intelligence and Tactical Response Team.

He was traced and his car searched, during which exhibits indicating he was involved in instigating the unrest were found.

Hawks spokesperson Katlego Mogale says Letsoalo is expected to apply for bail on Wednesday next week.

“In an intelligence led investigation, the team managed to trace one of the alleged instigators in the recent violent protests, looting of businesses and destruction of infrastructure, and ensured the apprehension of the 40-year old Letsoalo. During the search on his body and his car, some exhibits were found,” said Letsoalo

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