‘Petrol bomber’ gets bail

2019-06-13 06:00
When Thulani Tayela (31) was arrested, residents of different areas went to Lwandle Police Station to demand his release.PHOTO: MZWANELE MKALIPI

When Thulani Tayela (31) was arrested, residents of different areas went to Lwandle Police Station to demand his release.PHOTO: MZWANELE MKALIPI

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The Strand Magistrates’ Court was packed when a 31-year-old man, accused of public violence, appeared on Friday 7 June.

According to a police report, Thulani Tayela was found with petrol bombs in his possession when he was arrested, days before the torching of the Ikhwezi Clinic in Nomzamo.

Tayela – through his counsel, Advocate Daniel Zantsi – admitted to having another case pending, which he will also attend.

The father of two, in an affidavit read out in court, said he had no knowledge of the bombs that were claimed to be in his possession, and he denied he had been carrying any.

He has been in custody since his arrest on 29 May, and said he has lost his job as a result.

On the day of Tayela’s arrest residents made their way to Lwandle Police Station, where he was being held, to demand his release.

Zantsi told the court his client will plead not guilty to the charge, and asked that he be granted R500 bail.

The prosecution did not oppose bail, but suggested his bail be R1 000, which Magistrate Karen Scheepers agreed to, accompanied by stringent rules when released.

“I order that you refrain from participating in any gathering, whether it be legal or illegal,” she said. “If you fail to adhere to this ruling your warrant of arrest will be issued.”

The case was postponed to 23 July.

In another case, 52 residents arrested for public violence earlier this year saw their case postponed to 8 July in the same court.

They are alleged to be part of a group that looted shops in what was a fight over occupied land that got out of control in Nomzamo, Lwandle and other Helderberg areas.

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