6 in court for Mandela Drive 'renaming'

2011-12-05 12:48

Pretoria - The trial of six men accused of using stickers to rename Nelson Mandela Drive in Pretoria to Clive Derby-Lewis Drive was postponed in the city's magistrate's court on Monday.

Prosecutor Sipho Letsoalo asked for the matter to be put off to January 27, saying the court had yet to get a directive from the National Prosecuting Authority.

The six smartly dressed men folded their hands and listened attentively. They are out on bail of R1 000 each.

The men were arrested for allegedly using stickers to rename the street names on directional boards in Sunnyside on the night of July 17.

CCTV cameras along Nelson Mandela Drive recorded their actions and police rushed to the scene.

The men were found in possession of several replacement stickers bearing the name "Clive Derby-Lewis Drive".

They refused to explain their actions to police.

The men, aged between 25 and 38, were charged with malicious damage to property.

Derby-Lewis, a former Conservative Party MP, is serving a life sentence for his role in the assassination of SA Communist Party secretary general Chris Hani.

Hani was killed outside his home in Dawn Park, a suburb of Boksburg on April 10 1993.

Using a gun provided by Derby-Lewis, Polish immigrant Janusz Walus shot Hani in the head as he stepped out of his car.

  • TypeRSA - 2011-12-05 12:49

    OMW!!! Like this is really so important!!

      Dacious - 2011-12-05 13:01

      @TypeRSA you are a typical ignorant moron, period! People should respect by-laws of the country.

      Go - 2011-12-05 13:13

      What a bunch of idiots, obviously not the brightest individuals alive!!!LOL.

      Maai - 2011-12-05 13:14

      @Dacious perhaps when our "leaders" begin respecting the laws of the country, the people will follow suit.

      Vicker - 2011-12-05 13:23

      @Dacious: You are 100% correct, however there are any number of far more serious crimes taking place on an hourly basis for this type of thing to really take up court time...

      Omrisho - 2011-12-05 13:31

      @ Vicker, yip, true that, like spilling your drink :P

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-12-05 13:49

      huh, it doesnt sound too bad, maybe they should keep it.

      Sheda - 2011-12-05 18:20

      And daily we have cable stollen and manhole covers stollen and they have not caught one culprit. This is like Zim - say one thing against the president and you are dead meat. The rest of the country can go to sh&t but the blue light brigade will kill you for not pulling over.

  • Silver - 2011-12-05 12:57

    Look out, they have stickers.... someone call all the cops!

  • Pierre - 2011-12-05 13:02

    I am daily amused by the extend people will goto to seek attention. In all fairness How dumb can people be.

  • Koos - 2011-12-05 13:06

    and the court will postpone once again as they don’t have the brain power to make decisions there and then!!

  • Victor Vusi Radebe - 2011-12-05 13:14


  • Sharon - 2011-12-05 13:18

    Who really gives a ........ Or shall I start the race or political issue again. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jonathon - 2011-12-05 13:27

    Granted, they way they did it is rather retarded but I think in this day and age where the ANC are running around changing city and street names against the will of the people living there, we should rather be supporting guys like this.

  • SarelJBotha - 2011-12-05 13:55

    This is just a small manifistation of a much bigger picture.

  • Jeffrey - 2011-12-05 13:57

    "...police rushed to the scene." Really? They had nothing better to do?

      Nicholas - 2011-12-05 14:14

      Not since Selebi has hot nurses to take care of him.

  • leonie.drury - 2011-12-05 14:00

    amazing how police "rushed to the scene" to aprehend this stupid prank, yet when you call to say that someone has been murdered, you get the slowest response ever... the SAPS need to get their priorities straight....

  • Musa - 2011-12-05 14:25

    They must be sentenced to 25 years in prison for treason, or else ...

      Susanna - 2011-12-05 14:47

      Hahahaha!! They will contract Selebicitis, a mutation of the Shaiks virus.

  • Leon - 2011-12-05 14:41

    The ANC cry that we are taking away their history when the courts stop them singing offensive struggle songs, but are they not taking away our history by re-naming these unoffensive streets?

      kgaogelops - 2012-02-21 14:34

      I guess they are taking away bad history.

  • Mohsin - 2011-12-05 14:48

    hahahahahahaha! AWB recruits? i hear ukhozi fm is the prisons favourite radio station! ENJOY!!! :)

      Randomhero6661 - 2011-12-05 16:18

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  • Kevin - 2011-12-05 15:03

    Please arrest' His Majesty Mike Sutcliffe' for the renaming of streets in Durban illegaly.What a example of antagonising the whites...Broadway-SWAPO...Kensington-Adelaide Tambo Dr...Northway-Kenneth a conservative established white neighbourhood.We all know that Kaunda stole virtually all of Zambia's coffers(disgrace)Please arrest Sutcliffe immediately!!!!

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