Narissa Subramoney
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2 Aug 2021
4:55 am

Insurrection: Magistrates label investigations ‘shoddy and incomplete’

Narissa Subramoney

Two magistrates have called into question the strength of the state’s cases against people believed to have been part of unrest incitement.

Ngizwe Mchunu consults his lawyers during incitement court hearing | Pic: Narissa Subramoney

Police are struggling to successfully link incitement suspects to the KwaZulu-Natal unrest that spread to parts of Gauteng last month.  Shoddy and incomplete investigations are making it difficult for state prosecutors to even oppose bail this early in the investigations. So far, two magistrates from the Randburg and Roodepoort magistrate’s courts called into question the strength of the state’s cases against two people believed to have incited the riots that devastated the country. The courts found the investigations were incomplete or “not as sharp as hoped for” in both cases. To date, only four people have been formally charged with...