Tears as court grants some of Hermanus public-violence accused bail

2018-04-13 19:38

Tears of joy flowed outside the Hermanus Magistrate's Court on Friday after the court delivered its judgment in the bail application of 11 people, who have been charged with public violence in connection with land-related protests in Zwelihle.

Mandoyi's grey-bearded father Kholisile has been attending court since the bail hearing started on Tuesday.

He said he was "so happy" about the outcome.

Putting his arm around his daughter, he added that he had taken leave from his job at a fishing club in Hermanus to attend the hearing and was pleased that the first part was over.

Mandoyi had been released on warning on Thursday along with Njumbu, Mjuleni and Mkhwe.

Magistrate Jeremy Maarman found that the evidence relating to their alleged roles was problematic.

Maarman also took into account the possible sense of shock and outrage that the broader community might feel if they were released.

Maarman referred to a Constitutional Court judgment.

PICS: Road closed in Hermanus as large crowd gathers to support arrested protesters in court

However, the accused who were applying for bail were not on trial yet, he pointed out.

"The fact whether or not these accused associated themselves [with] this protest action, is up to the trial court to consider."

He added that all the accused have family ties and assets in Zwelihle and that their past conduct did not suggest that they would flee.

Two have criminal records already, but they have not been involved in criminal activity since then, he added.

Two of the 69 were released on Tuesday, after a quick court appearance, bringing the number of accused down to 67.

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