The prosecution against a West Rand politician suspected of inciting violence with a voice message during the country's civil upheaval has been postponed as police examine any possible links between him and other pending charges.
On Monday, Bruce Nimmerhoudt, a mayoral candidate for his party's Patriotic Alliance in the West Rand municipality, appeared in Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on accusations of encouragement to conduct public violence.
Nimmerhoudt is accused of sending out a WhatsApp voice message inciting public unrest and encouraging individuals to obstruct national roadways. Enock Makua, the state prosecutor, requested that the case be postponed so that police could verify Nimmerhoudt's residence and wrap up other areas of the investigation.
"The investigations have progressed to a critical level. According to the information provided by the investigation team, several arrests are impending and will be made in a short period of time.
"These are arrests that are comparable to the one that led to this accused's current appearance in court. "The investigating team wants to see whether there are any known links or connections between the impending arrests and the accused in court," he said.
Kelvin Richards, Nimmerhoudt's lawyer, contested the State's request for a postponement, claiming that police were aware of Nimmerhoudt's residence and that he would not obstruct the State's capacity to investigate or arrest other people.
"He has nothing to do with the government's plans." They have the authority to detain others if they so desire. The State is requesting that they be given more time. "I don't understand how the accused will influence the case or whoever has to be arrested," Richards remarked after the accused was arrested on Thursday.
Richards also chastised police for allegedly issuing a statement that identified his client before he had even appeared in court. Meanwhile, Phindi Mjonondwane, a spokeswoman for the National Prosecuting Authority, stated that law enforcement took such incidents extremely seriously.
"As the National Prosecutor's Office, we take these cases very seriously." As you may be aware, incidences like this one, which we are accusing of being the NPA... have caused consternation and put ordinary South Africans' safety and security in jeopardy. As a result, it's critical for law enforcement to deal sternly with anyone accused of inciting violence." On July 26, the matter will return to court for a bail application.
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