#UnrestSA: ANC West Rand councillor Clarence Tabane granted bail on inciting public violence charges

Clean-up operations at Jabulani Mall, Soweto, after current violet protests and looting.

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West Rand ANC ward Councillor Clarence Tabane has been launched on R5 000 bail after he was arrested for allegedly inciting violence through the current civil unrest. 

Tabane appeared briefly within the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court on Monday, the place he was granted bail unopposed by the State. 

“As the NPA, we did not oppose bail since we did not have any reasons to oppose bail. We did not consider Tabane a flight risk, nor did we consider him a danger to society or that his release would undermine public order; hence as the State, we did not oppose bail,” mentioned NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonodwane. 

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Tabane is without doubt one of the 4 individuals who have up to now been arrested on charges of inciting violence. The State alleges that he incited violence within the Roodepoort space. 

“He faces a charge of incitement to commit public violence in that the State alleges that he incited people to blockade roads in and around the area of Roodepoort and burn tyres,” Mjonodwane mentioned. 

As a part of his bail situations, Tabane should not intervene with witnesses, should report back to Roodepoort police station and can’t go away the province with out the permission of the investigating officer. 

Tabane will probably be again in court docket on 20 September. 

Meanwhile, in an adjoining courtroom, Patriotic Alliance (PA), West Rand mayoral candidate Bruce Nimmerhoudt’s bail judgment was reserved for Friday after his authorized consultant and the State concluded their arguments. He can be charged for allegedly inciting violence. 

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