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NPA updates on developments in cases of accused suspects in recent unrest

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The NPA has updated and confirmed the appearance of recent unrest accused suspects, and the bail hearing for mayoral candidate, Bruce Nimmerhoudt of the Patriotic Alliance political party.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has updated the public, stating that 10 people appeared in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 26 July 2021, on various charges relating to the unrest in parts of the greater Durban area, two weeks ago. The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Division Spokesperson for the NPA, Natasha Kara confirmed that the accused appeared in the court on charges including murder, attempted murder, possession of stolen property, malicious injury to property, unlawful possession of firearms, as well as unlawful possession of ammunition.

In the case of the state versus Nimmerhoudt, a bail hearing was held at the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court. The NPA stated that Nimmerhoudt was initially charged with an incitement to commit public violence schedule one offence.

The NPA further stated that the state added another charge under the Terrorism and Related Activities Act (Terrorism), elevating the schedule to offence five. The NPA highlighted that the state is opposing bail and will call on the investigating officer to testify in support of its opposition of bail. The NPA also stated that the accused said that he is being falsely implicated, and that his arrest was political sabotage as he is a mayoral candidate in upcoming elections.

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