Video evidence of Zuma disruption sought

2012-04-10 23:03

ANCYL members disrupt Zuma

2012-02-24 08:34

Watch a small group of people, some wearing either ANC or Youth League T-shirts, violently disrupt President Jacob Zuma's centenary address in Cape Town. WATCH

Cape Town - Police probing the disruption of a memorial lecture by President Jacob Zuma in February hope to find video footage of the incident, the Cape Town Magistrate's Court heard on Tuesday.

Magistrate Menzi Tyulu told Sibusiso Nkomiyahlaba, 25, of Crossroads, and Siviwe Gxothiwe, 27, of Khayelitsha, to appear in court again on May 10.

They face charges of public violence after they allegedly participated in the disruption of Zuma's speech at the Good Hope Centre, near the Cape Town CBD, on the night of 23 February.

Gxothiwe and Nkomiyahlaba were arrested after Zuma was heckled because they were believed to be the ringleaders of the ensuing commotion.

In the chaos, fistfights broke out and chairs were thrown. One of those injured in the ruckus was SABC cameraman Rudi le Roux, who had to have stitches to his left eye.

At the men's first appearance on 27 February, the court set their bail at R500 each. They have not yet been asked to plead.

Indications were that they would eventually go on trial in the regional court, where the maximum sentencing jurisdiction is 20 years per specific offence, as opposed to three years in the district court.

At the time of the incident, the ANC condemned the conduct of the "senseless thugs", saying an investigation would follow.

The youth league denied that any of its members were involved, claiming ANC members in the Western Cape were responsible.
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