A well-known actor Thembile Botman, who has acted on Generations: The Legacy and Abo Mzala on SABC 1 has been arrested for allegedly robbing a bread truck in the North West province.

Botman (43) appeared in the Stilfontein Magistrates Court near Klerksdorp, in the North West on Thursday.

According to North West police spokesperson Colonel Adele Myburgh, Botman was arrested for robbery.

“During a protest on 17 September, a bread truck was allegedly stopped at the Orkney-Potchefstroom Road next to Khuma. A driver was intimidated and his keys grabbed.

“The truck was opened at the back and all the bread removed,” said Myburgh.

Botman said he was called by the police after he was identified as a suspect and he handed himself over. He was granted R1 000 bail and will appear again on 28 October.

Myburgh said two other suspects, Phindile Nkambule (28) and Elias Seokolo (37), were also arrested for public violence, arson and malicious damage to property in Khuma.

They also appeared earlier in the same court and were granted R1 000 bail each.

They will also reappear on 28 October.

“Consequently, eight houses, mainly belonging to ward councillors, were allegedly burnt on 17 September,” said Myburgh. Meanwhile, the victims, ward councillors and their families are still kept at a safe place

She said following a thorough investigation, eight suspects were arrested in Khuma last Friday.

“However, only two appeared in court on Monday as the case against the other six was not enrolled,” said Myburgh.

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