SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE DISMISS REPORTS OF ARREST OF STUDENT LEADER MCEBO DLAMINI

The South African Police Service (SAPS) have dismissed reports that student leader Mcebo Dlamini has been arrested or detained, which were apparently fuelled by an SMS, allegedly from Dlamini to a radio show producer, in which it was claimed that he has been arrested.

"The South African Police Service would like to place it on record that Mcebo Dlamini was not arrested and/or detained at any police station in Gauteng (Province) or in any other province today," Acting National Police Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane said here Wednesday.

Gen. Phahlane said it was unfortunate that rumours of Dlamini's alleged arrest were disseminated via social media and the media before the facts were verified.

"This has led to several police members having to dedicate, and waste, their time on establishing beyond doubt that he had not been arrested or detained on any charge relating to the #FeesMustFall student protest or otherwise."

He said when the SAPS did arrest Dlamini several weeks ago, it was after a thorough investigation, and he was processed through the criminal justice system as required by law, after which he was granted bail.

Dlamini was arrested on Oct 15 at his residence in Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He is facing charges of public violenceS theftS malicious damage to property and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He is currently out on bail.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.

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