Cape Town – Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) student appeared before the Bellville Magistrate Court on Monday after he was arrested on Saturday morning.
Sapho Mahilihili appeared on charges of allegedly trespassing and causing malicious damage to property in relation to 2015 #FeesMustFall protests.
Upon taking the stand, he opted to represent himself as his attorney was not present in court. It appeared that he was not informed by the investigating officer why he was charged as he used the opportunity to ask the Magistrate what the charges were. After he was informed, he then enquired as to why he was arrested as his previous court case was withdrawn for diversion, the prosecutor did not provide reasons.
The state has opposed bail arguing that Mahilihili’s physical address could not be verified. His bail application has now been postponed for 26 September 2018 pending the verification of his address.
He has now been moved from the Bellville South Police holding cells to Goodwood prison until his next appearance.