Mcebo Dlamini denied bail

Mcebo Dlamini denied bail

Student leader and FeesMustFall activist Mcebo Dlamini has been denied bail in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court.

Mcebo Dlamini in court
Photo: Slindelo Masikane

Magistrate Albertus Roux said it would not be in the interest of justice to release Dlamini on bail.

"The inference is inescapable that the applicant has a tendency to commit the type of offences as levelled against him. There is no basis for a belief, as suggested by the applicant, that he was arrested simply because he is one of the leaders of the FeesMustFall movement," Roux said.

Dlamini faces fives charges, including assault, theft and malicious damage to property, relating to the violent clashes on the Wits campus earlier this month.

He is expected back in court on 15 November.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Phindi Louw says they welcome the decision.

Fellow student leader Shaeera Kalla says the denial of bail is political.

"We've out our bodies on the line. We've put our futures on the line and we see today that Mcebo is being sent away for fighting for a just cause," she said.

Video by Slindelo Masikane

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