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Video evidence of Zuma disruption sought

2012-04-10 23:03

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.

Comments
  • Graham - 2012-04-10 23:45

    Dictator!

      Junebugg - 2012-04-11 10:01

      ||||||||||||||||||||...95% Dictatorship loading.....

  • ThaboShakuNews24 - 2012-04-11 00:27

    What is the charge: Dirty politiking!

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-04-11 04:38

    I thought freedom of speech was part of our constitution? The only thug that should be prosecuted is the moron who threw the chair at the cameraman because that is causing grievious bodily harm. So throw the damn book at THIS thug! But for the rest? Why charge these and not the million others who take to the streets and voice their opinion in the most vocal manner possible? Are is the ANC trying to hold a fractured party together with legal thuggery?

  • Carry - 2012-04-11 06:20

    THIS IS WHAT ZOOMA SPARKS WHEREVER HE GOES. THE PEOPLE ARE TIRING OF HIS IGNORANCE AND THIS WILL HAPPEN MORE AD MORE.ZOOMA, YOU CANNOT TREAT THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY WITH DISDAIN - EVEN YOUR OWN HAVE HAD ENOUGH.

  • Duncan Thabiso Mphailane - 2012-04-11 06:34

    The word \lecture\ and Zuma shouldn't be mentioned in one sentence. Zuma doesn't know what a lecture is.

      Xolani - 2012-04-11 06:50

      @Duncan....., you can be highly educated but if don't use your mind it means nothing.......,(( I guess you also a bit downsided on your head))

      goodman.segage - 2012-04-11 07:01

      The essence here, is jealous!

      Alf - 2012-04-11 07:27

      I fully agree. "Lecture" is usually associated with teaching and people who have a certain level of education, not some twit who even makes spelling mistakes when he speaks!

      eradingoana - 2012-04-11 09:07

      Lecture is also a broad term because it also covers presentation. So, is not only about University Lecture my man.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-04-11 06:44

    Freedom of speech is apart of our consititution but not for long...

  • Chad - 2012-04-11 06:45

    Haha I have no faith in a country where every second political meeting turns into either a fist fight or a shouting match. That is, when you can find a politician awake that is.

  • anthro45 - 2012-04-11 07:01

    Zuma, treat this matter the same way you treat all the corruption cases. Just look the other way.

  • Arthur - 2012-04-11 07:59

    Maybe they deserve a trip to Mauritius too.

  • Rob - 2012-04-11 09:33

    Beware...this administration has proven that it is incapable of governing a relatively peacefull country. As dissatisfaction increases, resulting in growing concern in the anc for loss of privelege, and maybe even retribution, I suspect that we will not see more effective governance. My guess is that repression in many forms, including supression of the press, will increasingly become commonplace.

  • NrGx - 2012-04-11 09:35

    R500 for causing violence, R10 000 for spilling drink! hmmm, anyone else seeing a problem here?

  • Dallas - 2012-04-11 11:39

    It was Hellen Zille`s people in Western Cape, no doubt.

      Steve - 2012-04-11 12:08

      Troll Alert!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dallas - 2012-04-11 11:41

    What Dictatorship now Graham?

  • Shadipity - 2012-04-11 13:24

    Am I reading this right - 20 years for hackling during Zuma's speach but a murder gets 5 years! Am I the only one that thinks there is something wrong!

  • Attie - 2012-04-15 21:20

    Attie: The groundswell is changing against the dictator

  • Attie - 2012-04-15 21:22

    The groundswell is changing against the dictator

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