Ngizwe To Appear In Court This Week

Tweeps are left confused and angered by his arrest

By  | Jul 20, 2021, 12:09 PM  | Ngizwe Mchunu  | Drama

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Former Ukhozi FM radio presenter Ngizwe Mchunu surrendered himself over to the Hawks, as per his promise, yesterday, Monday 19 July. The outspoken, no holds barred radio personality was seen leaving the Durban Central police station in handcuffs.

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A video of Ngizwe Mchunu leaving the police stations angered many social media users who questioned the basis of which he got arrested on. Ngizwe had given the government an ultimatum to release president Jacob Zuma from prison within three days otherwise "all hell will break loose." This was during his state of the nation address which captured the attention of more than 30 000 South Africans.

Shortly after, hell did break loose and violence erupted as well as the looting of shops. But Ngizwe said that was not his doing and he did not encourage looting, He would cooperate with the authorities though and hand himself over to the police, and so he did. He was seen leaving the station in hand cuffs.

His lawyer Advocate Styx Mdladla told the media there was a warrant of his arrest, "He surrendered himself at the provincial headquarters and the investigating officers, two of them, came in and showed us a warrant of arrest. On that strength of the warrant of arrest they took him in custody," he said. 

Police minister Bheki Cele had said there are currently 12 suspects being investigated for the incitement of violence. Five of those suspects have been arrested and in that five people, Ngizwe is one of them under police custody. Two have already appeared in court and Ngizwe's lawyer said he too would appear sometime this week, at the Randburg Magistrates court latest being Wednesday 21 July.
It is reported that 212 people died as a result of the unrest which occurred in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

A very emotional Ngizwe told Eye Witness News last week that a war had erupted and he does not know what could possibly happen to him. "I'm very emotional as now I'm in tears because I don't why I should be arrested. When someone calls I become very frantic," Mchunu cried. "Now we are at war, maybe it's the last time I'm talking to you, anything can happen to me because now I'm targeted," he told the publication.

Meanwhile, he told Daily Sun that he is not scared as he is a Zulu man who uses powerful muthi to protect himself. He made claims that the police in Johannesburg were threatening him and so he had to go into hiding.

“I don’t feel safe anymore. But I still say we will continue to fight for the right thing to happen. Zuma must be released. I suffered difficulties in Joburg. They wanted to take me. But I’m a Zulu man. I use strong muthi (traditional medicine). They won’t succeed,” he told the publication.

The paper then asked Ngizwe if he is aware of the damage he has done, but he argued that he was exercising his right to freedom of speech and was adamant that he never sent anybody to go commit crime.

“Why are you asking me these questions now? I’m not going to respond to that. I’m a free man who is enjoying living in a democratic country. I’m allowed to voice my opinions in my country. This is me, Ngizwe Mchunu, who is not afraid of anything or anyone,” he responded.

Here's how social media reacted to his arrest:
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