A tough day on the stand for Andile Lili

The activist last week called on supporters to kill criminals in their communities.

FILE: Andile Lili. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN- It's been a difficult day in the dock for controversial Cape Town activist Andile Lili who applied for bail after being arrested last week for allegedly inciting violence when he called on supporters to kill criminals in their communities.

His smile quickly disappeared when he learned of the state's reasons for opposing his bail application.

Lili, who appeared meek last week, today entered the dock with a seemingly upbeat demeanour.

But the atmosphere changed when state prosecutor Peter Damon told the court it would not be in the interest of justice for the ANC official to be released on bail.

Damon said the activist had breached his previous bail conditions.

The prosecution said Lili was last year arrested for incitement to commit violence after allegedly calling on supporters to fight with police officers.

With regard to that case, Lili was granted bail of R1,000 and told to refrain from stirring up unlawful behaviour.