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Alleged unrest instigator, Khanyile to apply for bail on Thursday

Article by: Dumisane Dube

The Durban Magistrate’s Court has postponed the case against former Fees Must Fall activist Bonginkosi Khanyile.

Khanyile was arrested on charges of inciting violence during last month’s unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

“It is alleged that the suspect was involved in the incitement of public violence through social media and other platforms during the period of unrest in KwaZulu-Natal.He was arrested at one of the higher learning institutions in Johannesburg and was escorted to KwaZulu-Natal where he was detained,” spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale said in a statement on Friday.

Spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in KwaZulu-Natal Natasha Kara says he faces a charge of Incitement to commit public violence as well charges of Contravention of the Disaster Management Act

“The charges relate to incidences of looting and public violence that occurred in KwaZulu-Natal in mid-July,” she explained.

According to NPA he also faces charges of holding an illegal gathering and not wearing a face mask in adherence to the Covid-19 regulations.

NPA says it is going to oppose bail due to his previous charges of public violence and failing to comply with a police order during the 2016 fees protest.

The matter was postponed to 26 August for a formal bail application. He has been remanded in custody at Durban Central Police Station.

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