#UnrestSA: former radio DJ Ngizwe Mchunu appears in court on Wednesday


  • Ngizwe Mchunu will appear before the Randburg Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
  • He is said to be one of the instigators of last week’s unrest.
  • Mchunu had given President Cyril Ramaphosa three days to release former President Jacob Zuma from prison.

Former radio DJ Ngizwe Mchunu went, in less than a week, from “addressing the nation” on his social media pages to having to address a magistrate in court on Wednesday.

Mchunu, in a series of videos, has given President Cyril Ramaphosa three days to release former President Jacob Zuma from prison, or face the possibility of chaos erupting in the country.

Now those statements have apparently put him in hot water – he is expected to make his first appearance in Randburg Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

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The case of the former Ukhozi FM presenter and staunch Zuma supporter was transferred to Randburg after he surrendered to KwaZulu-Natal police on Monday.

On Tuesday evening, his lawyer, Vusi Khathi, told News24 that Mchunu had been charged under the Riotous Assemblies Act of 1956.

“We do not yet know exactly what the charges are, but he is indicted under [the] Riotous Assemblies Act of 1956. We will challenge it. ”

Ngizwe Mchunu (in black) walking in handcuffs at the SAPS provincial headquarters in Durban.

Thabiso Goba

Mchunu turned himself over to KwaZulu-Natal police on Monday, as Police Minister Bheki Cele told reporters five people had been arrested for inciting violence, two of whom had been brought to justice – they did not. were not released on bail.

The government previously said it believed 12 people were behind the looting and destruction of property that took place in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

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Khathi said that despite his detention, his client was doing well. “He’s fine, but I’ll see him when he comes to court.”

On Tuesday evening, Mchunu’s Facebook page asked its followers to donate funds to cover legal fees.

“We are currently asking all of our friends and supporters to help raise funds to help Ngizwe Mchunu secure a legal assistant [sic] and the safety of all charges against him for fighting for justice and truth, ”a poster said on the page.


Former Ukhozi FM host and staunch Jacob Zuma supporter Ngizwe Mchunu has been arrested.

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Days before the unrest in the country began, Mchunu posted a series of videos online giving Ramaphosa an ultimatum to free Zuma or chaos would erupt in the country. He called his videos a “state of the nation speech.”

Zuma is in prison, serving a 15-month sentence for contempt, after challenging a Constitutional Court order to appear before the Zondo Commission on State Capture.

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Mchunu’s last address was posted on his Youtube page on July 12, where he accused Ramaphosa of dividing the country and also called on the looters to stop the violence.

“We are going to starve because of what is happening in the country. I know the frustration you feel because of uBaba (Zuma), because of hunger, because of the crown, but now the situation is out. use, “Mchunu said. said in the video.

Mchunu accused Ramaphosa of being arrogant.

“I call for peace now in this country. We must campaign for his departure online; we must campaign for his departure from Parliament.”

He is also among those who mobilized Zuma’s support for Nkandla before the former president was sent to Estcourt prison.


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