ANC official to remain in custody

Andile Lili appeared in court today after being charged with inciting violence.

A small group of Ses'khona leader, Andile Lili's supporters stood outside Bellville Magistrate Court during his court appearance on 31 July 2015. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Controversial Cape Town activist and ANC official Andile Lili will remain in custody until his bail application next week.

Lili appeared in the Bellville Magistrates Court today after being charged with inciting violence.

He encouraged supporters who had gathered outside a Cape Town court earlier this week to take law into their own hands.

A usually defiant and outspoken Lili appeared meek as he stood in the dock looking straight ahead of him.

WATCH #AndileLili's supporters outside Bellville magistrates court. SS pic.twitter.com/7GbNOFtF1W

Lili didn't say a word but flinched slightly when the magistrate told the court he is only available on 4 September to hear his bail application.

Lili's lawyer then asked the magistrate permission to approach a more senior court official to try and expedite the matter.

The controversial activist will now hear on Wednesday if he will be released on bail.

Meanwhile, police vehicles parked outside court ahead of Lili's appearance in anticipation of large of his supporters coming to show their support.

#AndileLili Police vehicles parked outside court ahead of Lili's appearance. No supporters in sight. SS pic.twitter.com/TuGmwh5obN

Lili was arrested on Wednesday for remarks he made outside the Bellville Regional Court earlier this week when he called on communities to kill criminals.

"Whatever a criminal is doing, if they are raping, you must kill them. If they're stealing, we must kill them immediately. And we must also kill them brutally."

Ses'khona's Loyiso Nkohla has labelled the statements as reckless and said the movement condemns the comments by its leader.

"We're an NGO that is advocating for human rights and it was an unfortunate statement. No one can condone what has been said."

Nkohla said all Ses'khona members will meet on Sunday to discuss the matter.