Andile Lili found not guilty

Lili was arrested on 5 February after he failed to appear in three different court cases.

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

CAPE TOWN - African National Congress (ANC) Western Cape executive committee member, Andile Lili, has been found not guilty of being in contempt of court.

Lili was arrested on 5 February after he failed to appear in three different court cases scheduled for the same day in January.

The cases, however, were scheduled for the same day and time with Lili not making it to a single one.

He looked relieved as the magistrate explained he should not be held in contempt of court.

Lili's defense was that he had three cases to attend at the Khayelitsha and Bellville courts on 29 January.

The matters related to charges of public violence and incitement to commit violence, as well as a child maintenance case.

Lili told the court it was a "sad" day for him as he could not divide himself into three and therefore arrived late at all the cases.

The ANC executive committee member says authorities expected the impossible by scheduling him to appear at three court cases on the same day.

He says he was expected to divide himself into three when he was scheduled to appear in court for three different matters at the Khayelitsha and Bellville courts.

Lili accuses the Public Prosecutor of misleading him and says he informed state prosecutor Peter Damon he would not be able to appear for some of the cases.

He says Damon told him to inform his lawyer, but when he called her in Damon's presence, he could not get hold of her.

He also claims he arrived for all his cases on the scheduled date in January, but arrived after the matters were called.