The Randburg Magistrate Court has ruled that former Ukhozi FM DJ Ngizwe Mchunu has a case to answer in relation to his 2021 July unrest case.
Mchunu, known for his famous phrase ‘Ayikhale’, faces charges of inciting violence during the deadly unrest and violating the Disaster Management Act.
At least 354 people lost their lives when riots flared up in parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
They were sparked by the incarceration of former President, Jacob Zuma.
Zuma had handed himself over to police in Estcourt after the defying a Constitutional Court ruling for him to appear the Zondo Commission, which was probing the capture of state-owned entities.
South Africa’s economy is still reeling from the unrest, which cost the country R50 billion in damages and led to the loss of 150 000 jobs.
Among those arrested and listed as instigators is Fees Must Fall activist, Bonginkosi Khanyile and ANC councilor in Gauteng, Clarence Tabane.
The riots started at the Mooi River Plaza in KZN, which spread to other surrounding areas and Gauteng, where citizens were burning trucks, looting shops , warehouses, malls, distilleries and damaging buildings.
[2021 JULY RIOTS IN PICTURES]
Mchunu maintains that he is innocent and that his arrest was politically motivated.
The former DJ is currently out on R2000 bail.
He believes that all the charges against him are fabricated, he says voicing his dissatisfaction about Zuma’s arrest is not a crime.
The matter will return to court on the 5th of July for further hearing.
The video which landed Mchunu on the wring side of the law: