Dlamini: NPA welcomes bail ruling, student adamant arrest was sinister

Mcebo Dlamini faces several charges including theft and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

FILE: Wits student leader Mcebo Dlamini dances with a helmet and shield belonging to the university's private security during clashes with the police on campus on 4 October 2016 in Johannesburg. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has welcomed the Johannesburg Magistrates Court's decision to deny former Wits Student Representative Council (SRC) president Mcebo Dlamini bail.

Dlamini appeared in court this morning, where the Magistrate ruled it was in the interests of justice that he be remanded in custody.

He is facing several charges including theft and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The state has argued that Dlamini is a flight risk and should not be released on bail until his next court appearance.

It's understood the student activist is now also being investigated for allegedly inciting violence during the Fees Must Fall protests this year.

The NPA's Phindi Louw says, "He has shown no intention of abiding by the court order that the institution was granted on 25 April."

But Wits SRC president Shaeera Kalla says it's now clearer than ever that Dlamini's arrest is politically motivated.

"We have seen that the State has brought Steven Rubin, who is one of their best prosecutors to a magistrate court. That's like bringing Beyoncè to play at a nightclub (sic)."

Dlamini is expected back in court on 15 November 2016.