Patriotic Alliance (PA) leader Kenny Kunene says the manner in which Operation Dudula chief Nhlanhla “Lux” Dlamini was arrested raises concerns about his safety behind bars.
Dlamini was arrested on Thursday and spent the weekend behind bars.
He is expected to appear in court on Monday to apply for bail.
Dlamini is facing charges of breaking and entering, theft and malicious damage to property after members of Operation Dudula allegedly raided the home of a Soweto resident which locals say was being used for sell drugs.
Kunene says Dlamini’s arrest was politically motivated.
“He was arrested by an army of police, in 30 vehicles, brandishing guns, all of them. This shows that there is a political motive behind his arrest. As you will remember, when Julius Malema needs to be arrested, he is called and told that he must turn himself in to the police. Like many other high profile politicians and businessmen who fund political organizations.
Below Kenene’s interview:
A group of people from the Dudula movement staged a protest outside the central police station in Johannesburg where Dlamini is being held.
Dlamini’s lawyer, Ike Khumalo, says: “If we enforce the law, then he should be released because these charges are not charges that can justify him not being released on bail. He checked his address, he has properties here so he’s not in danger of fleeing. Before he even knew there was a case against him, he kept saying I’m here and I’ll show up.