The head of the Dudula operation, Nhlanhla “Lux” Dlamini, will spend the weekend behind bars after his case was postponed to Monday.
Lux was due to appear in Roodepoort Magistrates’ Court on Friday following his arrest on Thursday morning.
He faces charges of burglary, theft and malicious damage to property.
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Operation Dudula secretary general Zandile Dabula addressed dozens of movement members outside the court, telling them that Lux would not appear as the case had been adjourned until Monday.
Lux’s attorney, attorney Ike Khumalo, believed his arrest was politically motivated.
Khumalo said police told him Lux would be held at Johannesburg Central Police Station and not Dobsonville, where the case was reported.
He said police said they feared residents would protest Lux’s arrest.
“Police said they were concerned Soweto residents were protesting outside Dobsonville Police Station. I only learned of this when I went to check on him on Thursday.
“Taking him to Johannesburg Central Police Station is part of Lux’s intimidation. These are political procedures. On Thursday, the investigator said he was ready to pursue the case on Friday.
“It seems the decision (not to bring Lux to justice) came from above. Probably they want to add more charges against Lux, and we’ll take it from there.”
Khumalo said Lux was “well and in good condition”.
“I haven’t heard of him being abused,” he said.
Khumalo promised to consult Lux throughout the weekend.
“We believe his arrest is political. Unfortunately, the EFF has decided to accompany a man suspected of being a drug trafficker to press charges against Lux.
“I can assume that the police always accompany Operation Dudula whenever they conduct their operations. During their operation, they find drugs, they call the police to pick them up and arrest the suspect,” Khumalo said. .
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