Nkandla public violence trial set for May

2014-02-18 15:00

Three minors and 27 adults accused of public violence after an Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) event near President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead will go to trial in May.

“The accused appeared in court today and the matter was adjourned to May 19 for trial,” said National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara.

The trial has been set down for four days in the Nkandla Magistrates’ Court.

The arrested were granted bail of R500 each last month on condition they not interfere with witnesses. The minors were released into the care of their guardians.

Last month, the EFF and its leader, Julius Malema, handed over a house they had built for a woman and her grandchildren. The house is about 300m from Zuma’s KwaZulu-Natal homestead. There was a massive police presence at the event.

When Malema arrived for the handover, African National Congress (ANC) members prevented his car from advancing, forcing him to get out and walk to the house. After he had made it through the crowd, ANC supporters began throwing water bottles and stones at him.

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