May 13 2008 at 02:53PM
A farm murder accused appeared in the Lichtenburg magistrate's court on Tuesday as some 800 protesters staged a peaceful anti-crime march in the North West town.
Police spokesperson Carina Fourie said Andrew Madikela appeared in court and the case was postponed until May 29 for a bail application which would be opposed by the state.
"About 800 members of the public participated in a peaceful anti-crime march outside court," Fourie said.
Madikela's co-accused, Phillip Moreni, did not appear in court because he was still in hospital after he was shot during his arrest.
The two men are accused of murdering Katrena Deysel, 56, and her husband, Al, 60, last month after escaping from police custody.
They had initially been arrested for several crimes, including the murder of an elderly woman.
Solidarity trade union's AfriForum arm handed a memorandum to the North West provincial government, demanding a "comprehensive investigation into the involvement of SAPS members in criminal activities and then specifically farm attacks.
"Relentless action should be taken against people who pretend to be police officials, and... police officials who assist criminals by supplying them with police uniforms and other identification items, should be subject to immediate dismissal and prosecution," the memo states. - Sapa