ON the night of 29 July 2008, about 6 kilometres of game fencing on Nkomazi, valued at R500,000, was torn down. A few days later Fred received information that a march had been planned to Travelport, his retail centre, petrol station and gateway to the Cradle of Life. He asked John Allen to report this to the Badplaas police station. Allen went there at 8 am on 2 August and found only one policeman on duty, who said they had been told not to interfere in the demonstration as it was a political matter.
All the other police officers had left town, leaving him alone in the charge office.
During the demonstration, a crowd barricaded the intersection of the main roads to Barberton and Badplaas by setting tyres alight. Traffic was forced to a standstill. By 9.30 am another group of protestors gathered at the Machadodorp–Badplaas junction, about 100 metres from Travelport. They burned tyres and toyitoyied around the flames. Allen called the Badplaas police station...
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