The drama came after state prosecutor Enoch Makua told the court that the prosecutor had added a terrorism case under the Terrorism and Related Activities Act.
Makua also revealed that another case of alleged breach of electricity by Nimmerhoudt was pending.Nimmerhoudt told the court he would plead guilty to all the charges against him once the trial date was set.In his bail application, Nimmerhoudt denied that a voice note claiming to incite violence and containing clear details of which shopping malls should be attacked, belonged to him.
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Nimmerhoudt told the court he was part of his Toekomsrus group, the Randfontein branch of WhatsApp. According to Nimmerhoudt, he and 94 other party members received the WhatsApp message from Luna Dickson - a councilor nominated by the Rand West Municipality.
Dickson confirmed Nimmerhoudt's version when he presented evidence on his bail application on Monday. He said he initially received the WhatsApp note from his aunt and passed it on to other PA members, who were instructed by the group to protect shopping malls and other West Rand businesses.
Denying that he had written a voice note, Nimmerhoudt told the court that the incitement to violence was a plot to undermine his campaign for mayor in one of the West Rand municipalities. He said he received the voicemail on July 15 and intended to forward it to Randfontein police station commissioner Brigadier Masolle Manamela the next day, but police arrived early in the morning and arrested him.
"They did not have a search warrant. They broke into my house and called me a criminal. The main promoter. He is a robber, ”said Nimmerhoudt.
But police, in defiance of the request, maintained that they had a strong case against Nimmerhoudt. Investigating officer Captain Phakamile Gumede said they thanked him for receiving information from their intelligence service that the paper was made and distributed by Nimmerhoudt.
Gumede said Nimmerhoudt allegedly admitted that it was his voice note but denied that he distributed it - a claim the defendants disputed.
The State has asked the court not to grant Nimerhouldt bail, saying it would undermine the administration of justice and it could hurt those who were outraged by the recent violent protests that have wreaked havoc on infrastructure in the country.
A decision will have to be made on Friday.
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