Immediately after the tea break at the South Gauteng High Court sitting in Palm Ridge on Tuesday morning, Advocate Dali Mpofu, representative for student activist Mcebo Dlamini, said the accused was made a victim of spurious and laughable accusations.
He said the much-talked-about trial would never see the light of day and that it was stillborn. “The so-called political meeting happened before the accused was arrested.
“There was a clear intention to intimidate all the other protesting students,” he said.
Mpofu stressed the accused would have to be compensated. “The prayer we ask for is to set aside the ruling made by our learned magistrates [from Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court],” Mpofu said.
State prosecutor Steven Rubin said, with respect to the submissions regarding the Luthuli House meeting, it could not be disputed that such a meeting never took place.
“Further, my colleague said because of something we didn’t know, the suspect should therefore now be released on warning.
“My submission is that we cannot accept the meeting was about the arrest of Dlamini,” he said.