- The family of Ngizwe Mchunu has expressed dismay at the court's decision to deny the former Ukhozi FM radio jock bail
- Mchunu appeared at the Randburg Magistrates Court's on Wednesday after he handed himself over to police in Durban
- Mchunu is allegedly one of the main instigators of the recent widespread unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal that led to the deaths of over 200 people
This follows recent comments by the Acting Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, who said that five people suspected of being instigators of the violence in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal had been arrested, so far.
Mchunu's case has been postponed to Wednesday, 28 July. The violence left at least 212 people dead in the two provinces while more than 2 000 people were arrested on charges of theft, looting and public violence.
"The family, of course, is very dumbfounded. Those inside the court, I'm sure they were able to see that this was a schedule 1 offence and, under normal circumstances, or under [sic] an ordinary situation, when it is schedule 1 offence, bail becomes something which becomes automatic," said a spokesperson for the family, Bonginkosi Khanyile.
"But today, we were not able to see that. Instead, the case was postponed for the 28th. So, on behalf of the family, as I've been chosen by the family to come and declare that we are very dumbfounded about how the court has dealt with the matter and if the court will continue to deal with this matter, we're very worried whether justice is going to be served," added Khanyile.
Questions raised on whether Mchunu ought to have been granted bail
Social media users were quick to voice their thoughts on the matter concerning Mchunu.
Frans Mashaba said:
"But this is unfair, they should have granted him bail as his offence falls under schedule 1."
Mthetheleli Nogobo added:
"He was fighting for the unrest of Zuma now [he] is alone facing serious charges."
MaThabi Mydarly Matwa shared:
"One offence that cost billions of rands of innocent business people and lives of the dead and burnt of infrastructure that may not recover."
Punter Musicians noted:
"Schedule 1 offence will never bring back the lives of people. He was actually practicing overthrow of the government."
Video condoning #PhoenixMassacre doctored, Claims Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Per a previous Briefly News report, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has put out the claim that a video appearing to show him condoning the killings that have put Phoenix in Durban in the spotlight is fake.
The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) founder on Wednesday lambasted the originator of the material and said it was a "malicious" design aimed at, among other things, discrediting him.
The video has gained huge traction on social media. In response to the media, Buthelezi, in a statement, said the malicious and manipulated post has instigated a torrent of abuse against him, according to IOL.
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