R500 bail for disrupting Zuma lecture

2012-02-27 19:40

Johannesburg - Two men accused of disrupting a memorial lecture by President Jacob Zuma were granted bail in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Monday

Sibusiso Nkomiyahlaba, 25, of Crossroads, and Siviwe Gxothiwe, 27, of Khayelitsha, were not asked to plead the charge of public violence.

The State did not oppose the bail application and asked for bail to be set at R1 500 each.

The defence team pointed out that they only had R500 available each, as both men were unemployed, and lived with their mothers, who were also unemployed.

The court set their bail at R500 each.

The men were believed to be the ring leaders of a group, believed to be African National Congress Youth League members, who violently disrupted the president's speech on Thursday.

Several people were thrown out of the Good Hope Centre after they sang while Zuma was speaking.

SABC cameraman Rudi le Roux was hit with a chair while filming an anti-Zuma protest outside the building and he had to have several stitches.

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

The youth league denied any of its members were responsible, blaming ANC members in the Western Cape for the ruckus.

The men were will be back in court on April 10.

  • marnusmnorval - 2012-02-27 20:00

    How to waste time for R1000 bucks Idiots.

  • Vegi - 2012-02-27 20:15

    They should have stopped the lecture. Zuma has no right to give a lecture about the liberation stalwart Makgatho while at the same time mollycoddling those that Makgatho was fighting against. In 1919 Makgatho declared "we are not seeking favours from the government (the oppressor), this is the land of our forefathers." Under Zuma we are begging for things that we should be doing without seeking permission from anyone. We are the laughing stock of our enemies due to people like Zuma, hence the newly found confidence to ridicule our struggle for liberation and openly assert that we are new arrivals in a land where our ancestors evolved from the primitive form to the modern man.

      Badgerspoon - 2012-02-27 21:21

      @Vegi - You obviously don't get how democracy works. If you don't like what a politician has to say, make your voice heard with the people who make a difference and get them to VOTE FOR SOMEONE ELSE. Granted interrupting his speech was a peaceful demonstration and I can understand their actions, but you keep on yammering about a liberation struggle. 1994 has come and gone and you have more civil liberties than anyone else in Africa, yet you squander them. Then you have the nerve to talk revolution when you don't get your way. People like you represent the idiocy and self-entitlement that's spilled through the ranks of the ANCYL. Who are your enemies today and what exactly is Zuma not giving you permission to do? Everyone in SA has equal civil liberties. The only person who controls what you achieve in life is you. The only struggle you're suffering through is to accept the fact that instead of just being able to take something from someone by force and bitch about it, you need to actually work hard and earn it for yourself.

      snylo - 2012-02-27 22:04

      Well said Badgerspoon! Vegi, you exactly that! A Vegetable!! Another point to note (and you can see this by looking at most other African countries)is that you would not have 'evolved' to anything near the 'modern man', if it was not for the vision, skill and determination of the European! You would still be fumbling along in oblivion! So quit bitching about all that you don't have and get off your ass and make it happen! All opportunities are equal, even more so in your favour.

      John - 2012-02-27 23:45

      I'm guessing, given this vegetables support for Malema, that he grew up and was educated in the post apartheid era... He, like Malema, obviously has a mentality of "entitlement". Vegi, Its now time to devolve, back to the primitive form your ancestors, where your ancestors apparently came from. Or you can just go to that haven called Zimbabwe, where things are run according to your warped standards.

  • Anthony - 2012-02-27 23:31

    A fine, they should be paid! By disrupting a Zuma speech, they spared the nation another bout of boring rhetoric. The state of the nation address could have been summed up in three words "Eish, she's broken" Buy that pair a Bells or at least a bottle!

  • John - 2012-02-27 23:36

    Bail for disrupting Zuma is higher than many criminal cases. Talk about priorities...

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