At least eight guest houses were torched in Rustenburg when members of the community "raided" suspected drug dens and brothels. FILE PHOTO: ANA
Fourteen Nigerian men accused of public violence are due to appear in the Rustenburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday for a bail application.

Their bail hearing was abruptly halted on Friday when irate protesters threatened to torch the court buildings.

A crowd of about 5,000 people protested outside the court when they threatened to burn the court building, calling for the authorities to send the Nigerians back to their country, after accusing them of operating brothels and drug dens in Rustenburg.

On January 10, eight guest houses were torched when locals went on the rampage, destroying buildings they suspect of operating as brothels and drug houses, in the process claiming to clean Rustenburg of prostitution and drugs.

On January 21, Nigerian nationals allegedly went on a revenge attack, damaging cars at Waterval, and allegedly assaulting and robbing people in Rustenburg Noord.

They were arrested for public violence on the same day, after they went to the Rustenburg police station and blocked the entrance to the police station, complaining that they were attacked and the police were not helping them.

Some of the accused were facing separate charges of malicious damage to property, assault and robbery relating to incidents in Waterval and Rustenburg Noord.

- African News Agency (ANA)