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Dlamini Mcebo not in solitary confinement - Gauteng MEC

Gauteng's Community Safety MEC says reports of Mcebo Dlamini being on hunger strike are untrue.

FILE: Mcebo Dlamini at the Johannesburg magistrates court for his bail application on 18 October 2016. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi Malobane says arrested #FeesMustFall leader Mcebo Dlamini is not in solitary confinement and has been placed in a high care section for those who may be seen as targets.

Nkosi Malobane was responding to a question and answer session at the provincial legislature yesterday.

The MEC says she's heard reports of Dlamini being on a hunger strike in prison but she says there's no truth to this and she personally visited him and claims he is in high spirits.

She says Dlamini has attracted a lot of attention in the media which prompted her to arrange for him to be placed in a high care facility over fears that he may be a target for common criminals.

"Police have arrested people before and now they are arrested themselves, so we can't mix them with common law prisoners. People who are gay as well, we can't mix with common law prisoners in case they are taken advantage of. So he is in an area where we believe he is safe.'

Nkosi Malobane says Dlamini is however only separated from the other in mates at night but during the day he shares a space with all the other inmates.