Court postpones case agaist suspected instigator of Brookside Mall looting

Court postpones case against suspected instigator of Brookside Mall looting

A KwaZulu-Natal man, alleged to have been one of the instigators of last month's unrest, made his first appearance in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate's Court on Monday.

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The 35-year-old was arrested on Saturday in an operation involving members of the Hawks and the Crime Intelligence Unit.

He was apparently behind the torching of a shopping centre in the city.

Spokesperson for the National Prosecution Authority in KZN Natasha Kara says he is facing two charges.

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"These include incitement to public violence and incitement to commit arson.

"The charges relate to the incidences of looting and public violence that occurred in KwaZulu-Natal in mid-July, in particular, the burning of the Brookside Mall."

She also explained why he cannot be named yet.

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"The appearance was held in camera due to an identity parade which is yet to be conducted.

"The matter was postponed to 6 September 2021 for bail investigation."

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