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"We won't rest," says Mngxitama after storming Madonsela's turf

Members of the Black First Land First Movement, who stormed the Public Protector's office on Monday, will remain in police custody until their bail application next week.

Movement leader, Andile Mngxitama spoke to presenter Stephen Grootes from a holding cell in Hatfield, Pretoria, after their case was postponed.

Our matter has been remanded for seven days. We will be in the holding cells until we appear before court.

Andile Mngxitama, Leader of the Black First, Land First movement

The group stormed the offices, calling for a probe into the billions of rands stolen from the Reserve Bank during the apartheid era - an investigation the Public Protector's office says it cannot conduct because this happened prior to it's formation.

Police arrested 26 of the movement’s members on charges of trespassing following the incident.

Mngxitama says it is punitive and unnecessary to detain them, and insists that the movement will continue to pressurise Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate apartheid crimes and "white corruption."

As soon as we're out in seven days, we are going to visit the Public Protector's offices again to demand that our matters be addressed.

Andile Mngxitama, Leader of the Black First, Land First movement

Mngxitama claims the Public Protector's office is biased towards investigating only matters raised by the Democratic Alliance.

Meanwhile, Madonsela says she’s shocked and appalled by the actions of protesters, who she refers to as rascals.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:


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