Jacob Zuma heckler sentenced to community service

2013-05-30 11:20

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A man who was convicted of disrupting President Jacob Zuma’s centenary lecture in Cape Town has been given a community service sentence.

The Cape Town Magistrate’s Court yesterday sentenced Sibusiso Nkomiyahlaba (26) to 18 months in jail, which was wholly suspended for four years on condition he not commit a similar offence, the Cape Argus reported.

He was also sentenced to 50 hours community service and ordered to complete a life skills programme and anger management course.

Nkomiyahlaba and others were responsible for disrupting the ANC centenary memorial lecture at the Good Hope Centre on February 23 last year.

They sang while Zuma was speaking and several people were thrown out of the centre.

SABC cameraman Rudi le Roux was hit with a chair while filming an anti-Zuma protest outside the building and had to have several stitches.

The provincial ANC leadership suspended Nkomiyahlaba’s party membership for five years in May last year.

This sanction, however, was suspended on condition he not be found guilty of the same misconduct.

He and three others were instructed by the ANC to perform community service and attend compulsory political education school.

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