- Operation Dudula supporters headed to the Johannesburg Central Police Station where their leader, Nhlanhla Lux Dlamini is being held
- Dlamini's supporters had a brief altercation with the police upon realising that he will not be released this weekend
- On social media, some people think that the police should also arrest the supporters who are gathered outside the police station
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JOHANNESBURG - A multitude of Operation Dudula supporters gathered outside the Johannesburg Central Police Station on Friday, 25 March where their leader Nhlanhla Lux Dlamini is currently being held.
Tensions between the police and the movement's supporters were exacerbated when Operation Dudula supporters realised that Dlamini would be spending the weekend in jail.
Operation Dudula leader Nhlanhla Lux Dlamini will spend the weekend in jail, bail application to be heard on Monday
Supporters stated they had no intention of leaving the police station until their leader has been released from prison. Dlamini is also being supported by the political organisation Patriotic Alliance.
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Speaking to eNCA, PA's Kenny Kunene stated supporters were unhappy because Dlamini is currently in jail. Kunene claimed that Dlamini was only formally charged with a crime at around 2 O'clock on Friday when he was arrested on Thursday afternoon.
Kunene stated that the supporters are upset that Dlamini is being charged with housebreaking when he was with the police when he went to Victor Ramerafe's house, an elderly man from Soweto accused of dealing drugs by the movement.
"Nhlanhla was arrested with an army of police, with 30 cars and for the whole night and half of the day he was never charged."
Operation Dudula leader Nhlanhla Lux Dlamini spends night in jail, arrested after EFF laid criminal charges
Even now as we speak, he still doesn't know what he is charged with. They now say it's housebreaking but he was with the police when he went to that house," said Kunene.
Kunene added that they have tried negotiating with the police to show that Dlamini is not a criminal. Despite the anger by the supporters, Kunene stated that they were trying to ask supporters to go home and return on Saturday in support of Dlamini.
South Africans share their thoughts on the clash outside Johannesburg Central Police Station
"This is what happens when you don't step up & control the situation. The more rope you allow the protesters the more unruly they will get. We see this all the time."
"So the police are not South Africans? Why do they clash with South Africans now?"
"No one is above the law he shud sleep inside until Monday."
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"Fighting police means you're fighting against the law enforcement. That's a serious criminal offence, they must be taken to jail for all of them. This country cannot be run by hooligans and gangsters. They must be charged and locked behind bars."
Operation Dudula leader Nhlanhla Lux Dlamini to spend weekend in jail
Briefly News earlier reported that Operation Dudula leader Nhlanhla Lux Dlamini will spend the weekend in jail due to his bail application being heard on Monday.
Dlamini was arrested on Thursday after an elderly man, Victor Ramerafe, claimed that he was allegedly intimidated and assaulted by him.
TimesLIVE reported that Operation Dudula members claimed to have acted on a community tip-off that the man was selling drugs.
Source: Briefly News