By Kaya 959 Reporter
A well-known Twitter user with a following of over 64 000 people is one of two people arrested for allegedly instigating last month’s unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
Hawks spokesperson, Katlego Mogale, said the 36-year-old woman was arrested during a search and seizure operation in Leondale.
The woman is known as Sphithiphithi Evaluator ( [email protected]) on Twitter.
“She was arrested and officials confiscated exhibits for further investigation. The suspect is expected to appear in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of incitement to commit public violence,” Mogale said.
She said police also arrested a 35-year-old man in KZN for incitement of public violence through social media and other media platforms during the period of unrest in KZN.
“As a result, Brookside Mall in Pietermaritzburg was broken into and criminal activities such as theft of goods occurred. During the incident, the mall was set alight by the suspects,” Mogale said.
She said search and arrest warrants were authorised and executed on Saturday. He is expected to appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
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#FeesMustFall activist nabbed
Last week, #FeesMustFall activist Bonginkosi Khanyile was arrested on similar charges. The State has opposed his bail application with Hawks officer Lieutenant Colonel Anton Booysens claiming that Khanyile “will stop at nothing to achieve his overt narcissistic objectives.”
Khanyile remains in custody at the Durban Central police station. He is due back in court this week.
Mchunu was released on R2, 000 bail while Khumalo and Nimmerhoudt were released on R3, 000 bail each.
July’s violence and looting stemmed from #ProJacobZuma protests that turned violent.
Advocacy group, Right2Know has called for action to be taken against those involved in the unrest.
“We demand that those who engaged in these criminal activities and gross abuses are named, investigated and disciplined and prosecuted where appropriate,” the group said.