Alleged Brookside Mall instigator in court

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Brookside Mall in Pietermaritzburg was set on fire and looted during the unrest.
Brookside Mall in Pietermaritzburg was set on fire and looted during the unrest.

A 35-year-old man facing two charges of contravening the Riotous Assembles Act appeared at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

He faces two charges which include inciting public violence and inciting arson. The charges relate to the incidences of looting and public violence that occurred in KwaZulu-Natal in mid-July, in particular, the burning of the Brookside Mall.

The man’s appearance was held in-camera due to an identity parade which is yet to be conducted. The media and members of the public were not allowed inside the courtroom.

The matter was postponed to September 6. The man will remain in custody until the matter returns to court.

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