UCT student activist makes second court appearance

Masixole Mlandu was arrested on campus for violating an interdict & for alleged intimidation.

Supporters of UCT student activist Masixole Mlandu gather outside Wynberg Magistrates Court. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - University of Cape Town (UCT) student activist Masixole Mland u has appeared in court today for his involvement in recent protests on campus.

The court has decided to postpone Mlandu's case despite protests from his lawyer and dozens of supporters at the Wynberg Magistrates Court.

Mlandu was arrested on campus earlier this week for violating an interdict and for alleged intimidation.

A group of about 50 people, mostly UCT students, are at court in support of Mlandu.

Magistrate Goolam Baua halted proceedings momentarily due to supporters shouting messages of support to him as he made his way to the dock.

Mlandu is facing a string of charges including violating a court interdict, trespassing and malicious damage to property.

His lawyer, Lufuno Musetsho, has appealed to the court to release Mlandu immediately as he is a student leader in the "Fees Must Fall" movement and his presence is needed.

"He must be released because he plays a very instrumental role in the negotiations that are taking place at UCT."

Musetsho argued for his client's release, telling the court he fears what will happen on campus if Mlandu remains in jail, but Baua would not budge.

Baua told the court the case could not take preference when there were so many other cases waiting to be heard.

Meanwhile, supporters of Mlandu are continuing in their efforts to get him released from prison.

They have been marching down Main Road in Mowbray, to speak to the officer who laid the charges against him earlier this week.

They are hoping to persuade him to speak to the courts to get Mlandu released today.

The matter to next week for a bail application.