CSVR helps resolve issues in Ficksburg (28.04.11)

CSVR helps resolve issues in Ficksburg (28.04.11)

By Rahima Essop

As the Free State town of Ficksburg waits on tenterhooks ahead of Friday's bail judgment, the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation on Wednesday warned there is a possibility of more violence in the area.

The town has been in the spotlight following the death of Andries Tatane who was beaten and shot, allegedly by police, two weeks ago, during a protest over lack of basic services.

Concerns have been raised that violence could erupt again if the officers are granted bail on Friday.

"If they get bail, we are going to kill them," – It is statements like this that has community leaders in the Meqheleng township worried.

The CSVR's Emily Mabusela said these threats should not be taken lightly.

"If we know about the threats now, we need to be doing something to make sure that we start fostering reconciliation somehow in the community," Mabusela.

The Ficksburg Magistrate's Court has heard the atmosphere in the township remains tense and leaders have warned granting bail to the accused may only exacerbate the situation.

A team from the CSVR will be going to Ficksburg on Friday to help community members resolve some of their concerns.

In Eyewitness News.

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