Mhlawuli, 36, appeared briefly in the Cape Town Regional Court on charges of contravening the Internal Security Act. She was freed on bail of R2 500. Her co-accused, Linda Orriel Tsoksi, was not granted bail. The trial resumes on April 7. Mhlawuli, who was held in solitary confinement in terms of section 29 of the Internal Security Act, was detained in October last year, eight weeks after her right eye had to be removed following an attack by an unknown gunman.
last week she said she was aware Grassroots had received a final warning but knew nothing of the ban. Two other Section 29 detainees in the Western Cape, Rose Sonto and Nomaindia Mfeketo, were released the same day. No charges have been brought against them, their attorney said. While eight people are still known to be held in terms of the Internal Security Act, as far as can be established there is only one Emergency detainee still being held in the Western Cape. He is Clinton Brohn, 22, of Robertson, who is being held at Worcester Prison.
This article originally appeared in the Weekly Mail.