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31 Jul 2015
3:24 pm

Activist set for jail with State expected to oppose bail


The State is to oppose a bail application, to be launched next week, by Andile Lili, leader of the organisation Ses’khona People’s Rights Movement, following his arrest on Wednesday in terms of the Riotous Assemblies Act (RAA).

Andile Lili and members of Ses'kona People's Rights Movement, celebrate outside the Western Cape High Court on October 14, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images / Roger Sedres)

Lili appeared briefly in the Bellville District Court on Friday, before magistrate Cyril Kroutz, who ordered that he remain in custody until his bail application commences before another magistrate on August 5.

The fiery activist’s arrest follows remarks that he made through a loud hailer to a gathering outside the court building soon after he had appeared with eight co-accused in the Bellville Regional Court.

His appearance in the Regional Court was for sentence, following the group’s conviction for emptying buckets of human waste at the entrance to, and inside, the international departure hall at the Cape Town International Airport – in contravention of the Civil Aviation Act.

The proceedings in the Regional Court were postponed to August 18, to enable the defence team to prepare.

The charge sheet in the new case alleges incitement to commit murder.

The charge sheet alleges that Lili “incited, instigated or procured members of the public to commit murder”.

It is alleged that he told the gathering that “the justice system is failing you, and you as a community must kill the murderers and rapists yourselves ….”

It is alleged that he added “the police do the work, but the courts are releasing them the next day …”

Prosecutor John Damon told the court that Lili had been out on bail (in the airport case), when he was arrested in terms of the RAA.

The fact that he was already out on bail when he allegedly violated the RAA, made the RAA offence a Schedule 5 one. This means that he will have to satisfy the court that his release on bail, a second time, was in the interests of justice.

The prosecutor said the bail application would be opposed due to the seriousness of the matter, and the fact that he had violated the RAA outside the court building.