- The National Prosecuting Authority has announced it will be going after Mcebo Dlamini over his citizenship
- If the Fees Must Fall activist fails to prove his South African heritage, the NPA has vowed to take action
- Dlamini now has been given three days to prove his birthright to Home Affairs
Mcebo Dlamini could find himself in deep trouble should he fail to prove his South African roots.
IOL reports that the Fees Must Fall activist has been given three days by the Department of Home Affairs to prove his citizenship.
The National Prosecuting Authority has promised action if Dlamini fails to adequately prove his lineage.
The former Wits SRC president had claimed to have been born in Eswatini to local parents. This issue first popped up after his initial arrest in 2016 and attempted to apply for bail:
“When we were denied bail, we were told that my (birth) certificates were conflicting. We were called to clarify those things within 14 days. We failed to meet the 14 days.”
Dlamini claims that he had failed to clarify the matter when he was eventually released:
“This thing died. It was never part of the charges up until on Monday. There was never a Home Affairs charge before. We entered here with a passport. I was born in Swaziland, that is not a secret. I was born in Swaziland to South African parents. We applied for citizenship through the fact that I had South African parents and it was granted. We didn’t buy it, it was granted."
Regardless, NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane is adamant action would be taken if Mcebi failed to comply.
Briefly.co.za reported that Dlamini had been handed a two-year-and six-month sentence, suspended for five years, for public violence and contravening the provisions of the Immigration Act.
Dlamini bid farewell to his legal career, which had ended the moment the sentence was handed down:
"Today marked the end of my legal career. The court found me guilty of public violence thus sentenced me to 2 years 6 months... Suspended sentence of 5 years. I will take time to reflect on my future moving forward including my political career. I thank you."
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