Unrest: Social Media ‘Instigator’ Gets R3 000 Bail

Arrested Zamaswazi Zinhle Majozi appeared in the Germiston Magistrate’s Court  on Monday facing charges of incitement of public violence related to last month’s deadly unrest.

More than 300 people died in the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, where shops were looted and vandalised. Haulage trucks were set alight and infrastructure was destroyed.

At least 3 000 people were arrested for looting and public violence. A dozen others thought to be instigators were being sought by the police.

Majozi is one of the people authorities suspect incited the week-long violence. The 36-year-old was arrested on Saturday, 28 August 2021 in Leondale.

Majozi is alleged to have incited public violence in the content she circulated on her social media accounts, which allegedly resulted in the looting and burning that occurred at Brookside Mall in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.

Police said as many as 18 people thought to be behind the mayhem have been arrested. Some have already appeared in courts in Gauteng, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal.

Police said some of the suspects have been granted bail, while others remain remanded in custody.

Majozi was granted bail of R3 000 with conditions that she surrender her passport, report to the nearest police station daily and ensure that she informs the investigating officer when leaving the province.

Her case was postponed to 18 October 2021.

In another similar matter, a 35-year-old suspect appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court also on charges of incitement to commit public violence.

The session was held in camera so as not to prejudice the identification parade, which was yet to be conducted.

The case was postponed to 6 September 2021 for a possible bail application.