Nhlanhla Lux Dlamini gets 'caution and discharge' sentence over 2019 assault trial no-show

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Operation Dudula's Nhlanhla Dlamini is seen during the Soweto revival launch in Diepkloof.
Operation Dudula's Nhlanhla Dlamini is seen during the Soweto revival launch in Diepkloof.
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Operation Dudula leader Nhlanhla Lux Dlamini was on Wednesday handed a "caution and discharge" sentence over a 2019 assault matter.

Dlamini was convicted for failure to appear in court in 2019, in a common assault case for allegedly assaulting his mother's tenant. The tenant was allegedly assaulted over failure to pay rent.

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He appeared in court on 9 September 2019, and was released on a warning.

He was supposed to be in court on 30 September, but failed to appear and a warrant of arrest was issued.

However, the warrant of arrest was only executed this week.

Dlamini handed himself over to the police on Wednesday morning and appeared at the Meadowlands Magistrate's Court, where he was convicted for having failed to appear in court, and then sentenced with "caution and discharge".

The prosecution had asked for a sentence of three months in prison or a R300 fine, but the magistrate decided on the lesser sentence. It essentially means that he is cautioned not to recommit the crime and that the arrest warrant is discharged.

If he fails to appear in court on 3 May for the common assault charge, he will be forced to pay the fine or go to jail for three months.

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