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UPDATE: Court cases against UCT #FeesMustFall leaders

Cape Town – The cases against two University of Cape Town student leaders involved in the #FeesMustFall campaign have been postponed.

Athabile Nonxuba, Lufuno Musetsho and Masixole Mlandu outside the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court (Picture: Vernac News)

Masixole Mlandu appeared before the Wynberg Regional Court on Wednesday on charges of public violence allegedly committed during the free education protests. His attorney Lufuno Musetsho made presentations to the Director of Public Prosecutions for the case to be dropped on humanitarian grounds. Mlandu will undergo an assessment by Nicro to determine whether he’s eligible for a diversion program. Nicro is a non-profit organization that specialises in social crime prevention and offender reintegration. He will appear again on 15 August where Nicro will report back to the court on Mlandu’s eligibility for diversion.

Athabile Nonxuba also appeared at the same court, though separately, on charges of public violence and damage to property related to the #FeesMustFall protests. Musetsho, who represents both student leaders, said that the Director of Public Prosecutions in the Western Cape is considering diverting the matter outside of the criminal justice so that the accused can undergo through certain programs, which might be an assessment with Nicro, but this can only be done once UCT sends a recommendation to the Director of Public Prosecutions calling for the withdrawal of the matter. Nonxuba will be back in court on 19 July 2018.

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