A community leader arrested during violent anti-eviction protests in Grabouw has been released on bail.
Community leader Tovey Tshungwana was taken into custody last week during three days of running battles with cops.
The protesters violently defended their hokkie homes in Siyanyanzela informal settlement, built on land owned by the Department of Public Works.
Residents torched the traffic department’s offices and testing station and looted residents’ homes after the Land Invasion Unit moved in to rip down the structures.
A number of cops were also at Grabouw Magistrates’ Court yesterday where Tshungwana appeared on charges of inciting public violence.
Mense outside court greeted Tshungwana with cheers after he was released on bail of R800 following a brief appearance.
Before his release, Tshungwana’s lawyer indicated that the taxi owner would plead not guilty to the charges.
Tshungwana’s case was postponed to July 7 for a regional court date.
Shortly before Tshungwana’s brief appearance, three other men, who were also arrested last Thursday on charges of public violence, were released on bail of R800.
Another’s bail application was postponed as he couldn’t provide a fixed address.
Meanwhile, police spokesperson Constable Noloyiso Rwexana says no further incidents of public violence were reported in Grabouw and yesterday the area was quiet.