“Bittereinder’s Leader, Francois van der Merwe, Arrested After Clash with Police in Groblersdal. The arrest follows protests over the detention of Piet Groenewald and Stefan Greeff, charged with assault on a farm worker. Van der Merwe, previously out on bail, faces legal troubles again.
Bittereinder’s leader, Francois van der Merwe, arrested in Groblersdal after a clash with police. This comes amid protests over the arrest of Piet Groenewald and Stefan Greeff on assault charges.
The Bittereinders were rallying against the detention of Groenewald, a prominent figure in Limpopo’s security circles, and Greeff. Allegations of assault on a farm worker triggered their arrest.
Groblersdal South Africa: Francois van der Merwe of the Bittereinders is arrested outside court where 2 White farmers are being prosecuted for defending themselves and their land. pic.twitter.com/KAHu67lW0Y
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The farm worker, 30, claims he was brutally attacked with a blunt object, with a security dog unleashed on him. Gripping details that led to the arrest of Groenewald and Greeff.
Interestingly, Francois van der Merwe, Bittereinder’s leader, is no stranger to legal issues. Previously out on bail