Mcebo Dlamini’s lawyers unable to confirm his arrest

Has Mcebo Dlamini been arrested again? (Reuters)

Has Mcebo Dlamini been arrested again? (Reuters)

Lawyers representing Wits Fees Must Fall student leader Mcebo Dlamini have been unable to confirm reports that he has been arrested. Dlamini sent an SMS to SAfm on Wednesday morning saying he would no longer be able to appear on the morning show because he had been arrested.

“I don’t know anything. I have not heard any word from him,” Thabo Kwinana, Dlamini’s lawyer, told the Mail & Guardian.

“When I tried to reach him this morning, I could not get hold of him,” Kwinana said.

Mongezi Ntanga, the attorney who represented Dlamini at his first bail hearing, also could not confirm the arrest.
Police spokesperson Sally De Beer said that the South African Police Service (SAPS) also had no information regarding the arrest.

“To my knowledge, and as advised by colleagues in Gauteng SAPS, he has not been arrested, We are looking into these rumours,” De Beer told the Mail & Guardian

Dlamini was due to appear on SAfm’s Forum at 8 show, but he replied to an SMS from the station saying he had been “arrested again”, accusing the ANC of “playing dirty tricks”. 

Dlamini was released earlier this month on bail of R2 000 after initially being controversially denied bail.

Both the Wits student representative council and the Wits Fees Must Fall movement have said that they have not yet confirmed reports of Dlamini’s arrest.

“Reports of Mcebo Dlamini’s re-arrest are unconfirmed. We’re investigating the matter and will keep you updated,” Wits Fees Must Fall said.

Ra'eesa Pather

Ra'eesa Pather

Ra’eesa Pather is a general news journalist with the Mail & Guardian’s online team. She cut her teeth at The Daily Vox in Cape Town before moving to Johannesburg and joining the M&G. She's written about memory, race and gender in columns and features, and has dabbled in photography. Read more from Ra'eesa Pather

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