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Riots: Former Ukhozi FM DJ Ngizwe Mchunu to apply for bail

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it intends opposing bail for Ngizwe Mchunu when he appears in the dock on Wednesday


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One of the alleged instigators behind the recent riots, former Ukhozi FM DJ Ngizwe Mchunu is set to apply for bail on Wednesday morning, 28 July 2021, at the Randburg Magistrate’s Court.

The matter had to be postponed in the previous week to allow the state more time to gather relevant information. Mchunu faces a charge of inciting public violence, but authorities say more charges could be added.

Mchunu was seen on several video clips doing the rounds on social media demanding former president Jacob Zuma’s release from prison.

He was arrested after handing himself over to police at the Durban Central police station on Monday, 19 July following allegations of inciting violence and anarchy in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). He was then transported to Gauteng where he appeared in court.

Riots: NPA to oppose bail for former radio DJ

Well, Ngizwe Mchunu might stay in jail, if the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has anything to do with it. The NPA’s Mthunzi Mhaga says they plan on opposing the former DJ’s bail as they consider him to be a flight risk.

“Evidence that we have relate to utterances that he made during the press conference that he held. In terms of masterminding it, I am not able to comment at this stage because there is a wide range of investigations that are conducted which might lead to more charges being added,” Mhaga said.

He added that as the NPA, they were convinced that there was no dispute over the meaning of Mchunu’s rallying cry “ayikhale!” in one of the videos.

“We have accessed the video that was recorded during the press conference, we have had a translator of Zulu and we are convinced that the words that he used amount to the commission of an offence of incitement to commit public violence”

The NPA’s Mthunzi Mhaga

He is one of several people arrested in connection with the KZN and Gauteng riots, which started out as demonstrations demanding Jacob Zuma’s release from prison