- Ngizwe Mchunu will appear in court in Randburg on Wednesday.
- He is said to be one of the instigators of last week’s unrest.
- Mchunu had given President Cyril Ramaphosa three days to release former President Jacob Zuma from prison.
Former radio DJ Ngizwe Mchunu has gone from “addressing the nation” on his social media pages in less than a week to having to address a magistrate in court on Wednesday.
Mchunu gave President Cyril Ramaphosa three days in a series of videos to release former President Jacob Zuma from prison or else chaos would break out in the country.
Now those utterances have ostensibly put him in hot water — he is expected to appear in Randburg Magistrate’s Court for the first time on Wednesday.
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The former Ukhozi FM presenter and staunch Zuma supporter has been transferred to Randburg after handing himself over to KwaZulu-Natal police on Monday.
On Tuesday evening, his lawyer, Vusi Khathi, told News24 that Mchunu had been charged under the Riotous Assemblies Act of 1956.
“It is not yet clear to us what the charges are, but he is under investigation [the] Riotous Assemblies Act of 1956. We’re going to challenge it.”
Ngizwe Mchunu (in black) walks outside the SAPS provincial headquarters in Durban, handcuffed.
Mchunu handed himself over to KwaZulu-Natal police on Monday, as Police Minister Bheki Cele told reporters that five people had been arrested for inciting violence, two of whom were in court – they were not given bail.
The government previously said it believed 12 people were behind the looting and destruction of property that took place in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
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Khathi said that despite his arrest, his client was doing well. “He’s doing well, but I’ll see him when he appears in court.”
On Tuesday evening, Mchunu’s Facebook page asked his followers to donate money to cover legal costs.
“We are currently asking all friends and supporters to raise money to help Ngizwe Mchunu get a legal assistant [sic] and security for all charges against him for fighting for justice and truth,” a poster read on the page.
Former Ukhozi FM presenter and staunch Jacob Zuma supporter, Ngizwe Mchunu arrested.
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Days before the unrest that gripped the country, Mchunu posted a series of videos online in which Ramaphosa was given an ultimatum to release Zuma or else chaos would break out in the country. He called his videos “the nation’s state address”.
Zuma is in prison, serving a 15-month sentence for contempt, after resisting a Constitutional Court order to appear before the Zondo Commission over coup d’état.
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Mchunu’s final speech was posted on his YouTube page on July 12, where he accused Ramaphosa of dividing the country and also asked looters to stop the violence.
“We are dealing with hunger because of what is happening in the country. I know the frustration you have because of uBaba (Zuma), because of hunger, because of corona, but now the situation is not okay,” says Mchunu. said in the video.
Mchunu accused Ramaphosa of being arrogant.
“I now call for peace in this country. We must campaign online for his departure; we must campaign for his departure in parliament.”
He was also one of the people who mobilized Zuma’s support in Nkandla before the former president was sent to Estcourt prison.