3 public protector staff held hostage by Black First Land First members

The Public Protector's office says the arrested Black First Land First (BLF) members forced their way into the offices armed with petrol containers, demanding to see Thuli Madonsela.

They say a group of 25 people arrived at their office, armed with containers of petrol. They forced their way past security... accessed the main office, where they took about three of the Public Protector's staff members hostage. They locked them until the police arrived.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

25 BLF members are currently being held at the Brooklyn Police Station.

The movement led by former EFF MP, Andile Mngxitama, says it has been writing letters to Madonsela urging her to investigate the theft of R26 billion rand from the Reserve Bank during the apartheid-era. But, the Public Protector doesn't respond to their letters.

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