'Kill criminals' protester Lili granted bail

2015-08-07 19:15
Andile Lili (Tammy Petersen., News24)

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Cape Town - Andile Lili, the leader of the Ses'khona People's Rights Movement, has been granted R5 000 bail.

Lili was released from custody on Friday after Magistrate Joe Magele approved his application at the Bellville Magistrate's Court.

The ANC national executive committee member was arrested for the incitement of violence last Wednesday after he told a crowd of supporters that criminals should be "killed immediately and brutally".

He will appear again on September 25.

Lili made the statement outside the Bellville Magistrate's Court while addressing a crowd of supporters after a case against him and eight others was postponed.

Lili and the others were found guilty of contravening the Civil Aviation Act in February for throwing faeces at Cape Town International Airport.

The incident, which happened in June 2013, was aimed at highlighting poor sanitation in informal settlements.

Following the postponement, Lili said he was not satisfied with the country's justice system.

"Sometimes [criminals] are arrested... but the justice system releases them. So the only thing we can do is to kill immediately if we find a criminal. 

"We must kill them, comrades! We are liberating ourselves from criminals. Police are trying, but the justice system is failing us.

"If they are raping, you must kill them immediately. If they are stealing, we must kill them immediately. And we must kill them brutally, the same way that they are [hurting] our sisters, our mothers and our parents."

The State opposed bail citing the seriousness of the offence and also argued that Lili had breached his bail conditions in terms of a previous incitement charge last year.

Ses'khona spokesperson Sithembele Majova said their supporters were "happy that Lili has been released".

"He made a mistake with regard to what he said. What he said was wrong, and he has admitted it. 

"As an organisation, we have accepted his apology. We are pleading with the country not to judge him."
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