The Middelburg Observer’s sister paper, Streeknuus Bronkhorstpruit, reported on its Facebook page that several businesses suffered damage by protesters. (Photos and videos by Streeknuus, BHS Veiligheid and Golf Echo Response.)
Employees of the paper itself, had to lock the office doors and hide when the protest turned violent.
Several residents from Middelburg, who work in Bronkhorstspruit, said that they closed up shop and returned home for the day.
Police used stun grenades to disperse the crowds.
Protestors in large numbers in Kruger Street. Situation is mostly under control but do Avoid the area and the protestors. Some stores have been damaged already.
Posted by Golf Echo Response on Monday, 13 November 2017
The protest follow the court appearance of two men, Johannes Potgieter en Hendrik Dumas, accused of kidnapping, assaulting and pointing a firearm at a 10 year-old girl.
Protest UpdateCrowds dispersed with Flash grenades in Kruger Street. Protesters scattered in different directions of town. Be vigilant and close businesses when protesters approach. Do not confront them or make contact. Avoid the protesters as far as possible. Criminals take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted by Golf Echo Response on Tuesday, 14 November 2017
The girl claimed that she, her younger brother and two friends went jogging when their dogs ran off. Whilst searching for their dogs, they heard gunshots.
The girl was captured, tied to a tree and assaulted.
The accused claim that the children were on the farm illegally and trying to hunt springbok without permission.
In a most recent update, Streeknuus posted on Facebook that the crowd has been dispersed and things are expected to calm down. People were advised to avoid the area if possible.