Shortly after their brief appearance in Durban Magistrate Court, the 20 suspects in the riots in July were each granted bail of R3000 (except for defendant #14, who was released on a warning). The judge released them on conditioned bail.
On Friday morning, the 20 people accused of starting the unrest in July appeared before a Durban Magistrate, who promptly granted them bail. On Thursday, the Hawks made the arrests.
When they arrived in court, some of the suspects wore official ANC garb. Many people were seen rushing in and out of the courtroom. The Hawks had sent some of their detectives as well. On Thursday, they joined forces with POP and other law enforcement to apprehend the criminals.
Some ANC members have responded to the arrests of the suspected instigators by saying that this isn't the first time such arrests have been made, and that previous incidents didn't amount to anything.
"You make it sound like these arrests stemming from accusations of inciting riots in July are unprecedented. People are still being detained and held for weeks in police cells. The majority of the protests were unplanned and spontaneous "according to one comrade.
A supporter of former president Jacob Zuma, Ngizwe Mchunu, was detained for inciting violence earlier in the year and eventually released on bail.
Since suspects are being detained, ANC comrade and Cyril Ramaphosa supporter Bram Hanekom has expressed optimism that the Hawks will have a solid case against Duduzile Zuma.
"I believe this to be the genuine article. We'll learn what caused the delay, but the instigators are in deep water because they didn't bother to hide their hand in this attempted revolt. Duduzile Sambudla, who gloated over death and damage on Twitter, is an example "asserted Bram Hanekom.
But the Hawks have confirmed that, despite being a target of the inquiry, Duduzile Zuma is not one of the people who have been apprehended.
The state has threatened additional arrests within the next week and has given the group notice to appear in court on August 26. However, no prominent persons from public life were among those detained.
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