The High Court Sitting in Palm Ridge has granted FeesMustFall agitator and former Wits Student Representative Council (SRC) president Mcebo Dlamini R2 000 bail.
This comes after the 32-year-old post-graduate law student roped in senior counsel Dali Mpofu and Tembeka Ngcukaitobi on Tuesday, to appeal against the Johannesburg Magistrate Court’s decision not to grant him bail.
Reading out Mcebo’s bail condition on Wednesday, Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng ordered the former student leader not to make contact with witnesses, interfere with the police investigation, or disrupt campus activity.
Mcebo was spotted in a green top, black trousers, and white keffiyeh over his shoulders in court today.
He was heartily greeted by his family, friends, fellow student leader Vuyani Pambo and other students who came to show him love and support. He was nabbed by the police last month for “contravening” court orders on FeesMust Fall protest. The 32-year-old has spent nearly a month in police custody after the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court denied him bail on two occasions.
The father of two is facing charges of public violence‚ theft‚ malicious damage to property and assault. Many believe Dlamini’s arrest was orchestrated by the state, with the aim to destabilize the #FeesMustFall movement.
His legal team, led by EFF’s Dali Mpofu insisted that Dlamini Mcebo’s arrest was politically motivated and lacks substantial evidence. The team affirmed that the student leader did not instigate violence during the protest, as alleged.
To them, the state was trying to keep the defiant leader off the campus through the introduction of “spurious charges” and “detention without trial”. They vowed to ensure justice prevails at the end of the trial.
“The days of solving political problems through detention without trial are over. These charges don’t hold water. If you look at the charges, it’s actually pathetic,” Mpofu told the court.