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Alleged ring leader in Masiphumelele mob attacks granted bail

Lubabalo Vellem has been charged with murder, attempted murder, assault and public violence.

Masiphumelele residents gathered outside Simons Town Magistrates Court in support of community activist Lubabalo Vellem, who has been accused of murder after he allegedly assaulted a man in his community who later died of his injuries. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The alleged ring leader behind several mob justice attacks in Masiphumelele has been released on bail.

Lubabalo Vellem made his third appearance in the Simon's Town Magistrates Court today, after nearly two weeks behind bars.

Vellem has been charged with murder, attempted murder, assault and public violence.

Supporters cheered and chanted relentlessly as they heard the accused had been granted bail of R5,000.

Hundreds of Masiphumelele demonstrators flanked the Glen Clairn express way as they marched to court early this morning.

Outside court the crowd's chanting grew so loud proceedings had to adjourn because the noise drowned out the State's submissions.

St George's Street, outside the courthouse, is currently blocked off and there's a heavy police presence.

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