Nkandla public violence case postponed

2014-01-13 15:11

The case of three minors and 27 adults accused of public violence after an EFF event near President Jacob Zuma’s private Nkandla homestead has been postponed.

KwaZulu-Natal National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara said the 30 appeared in the Nkandla Magistrates’ Court today and the matter was postponed to February 18.

“The three minors were dealt with separately. However, when the matter returns to court ... all 30 will appear together.”

She said those arrested were granted bail of R500 each on Saturday on condition that they not interfere with witnesses. The minors were released into the care of their guardians.

On Saturday, the EFF and their leader, expelled ANC Youth League president, Julius Malema, handed over a house they had built for a woman and her grandchildren. The house is about 300m from Zuma’s homestead.

There was a massive police presence at the event.

When Malema arrived for the handover, ANC members blocked the progress of his car, forcing him to get out and walk to the house.

After he made it through the crowd, ANC supporters began throwing bottles of water and stones.

Later, the ANC supporters were on a nearby hill when EFF members emerged from their meeting and began singing.

Some of the ANC group began throwing stones at them and police intervened using truncheons, a water cannon, and tear gas. Rubber bullets were fired and people ran and dived for cover.

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