Release Mcebo Dlamini on a warning - lawyer

2016-11-08 16:20
Mcebo Dlamini (Iavan Pijoos, News24)

Mcebo Dlamini (Iavan Pijoos, News24)

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Johannesburg – Fees Must Fall leader Mcebo Dlamini should be released on a warning, the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge heard on Tuesday.

Appealing against the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court's decision to deny him bail on October 19, his lawyer Dali Mpofu said the charges against him were politically motivated.

There was a link between a meeting attended by NPA head Shaun Abrahams, Justice Minister Michael Masutha and President Jacob Zuma, and Dlamini's arrest a few days later, on October 16, he told Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng.

"These are very legitimate fears of political motivation, which leaves us with no doubt this trial is doomed to fail," he said.

Dlamini was not in court.

Mpofu asked the court to release Dlamini on a warning. He said Dlamini's initial plea for bail to be set at R1 500 could be reversed to a warning. 

"He should be compensated for injustice done. We humbly pray this court expresses its disapproval of political motivation and set aside bail," he said. 

Mokgoatlheng said he would hand down judgment on Wednesday and give his reasons on Friday. 

"If you are a gambling man, you will know how I will rule," Mokgoatlheng said. 

Dlamini is facing charges of malicious damage to property, theft, assault, public violence and contravening a court order.

His trial is expected to start on November 15. 

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