The former Wits SRC President appeared in court once again.
The Johannesburg Central Magistrate Court on Tuesday morning postponed Wits student and #FeesMustFall activist, Mcebo Dlamini’s case to March 2 where a trial date will be set.
This follows his rejection of a plea bargain after negotiations between his legal team and the because they were “fruitless”, according to the prosecutor, Steven Rubin. Dlamini is facing charges related to the 2016 #FeesMustFall protests including; public violence, assault of a police officer, malicious injury to property, two counts of contempt of a court order, intimidation and theft.
Dlamini told Wits Vuvuzela that accepting the plea bargain proposed by the state would be admitting guilt. “I’ve been saying they must find me guilty,” he said.
“I couldn’t afford to take the plea bargain because it had negative implications on my career, I have a career in the legal field as I am doing final year. With any guilty verdict, any criminal record, I will never serve as a lawyer in South Africa,” Dlamini said outside court.
Referring to today’s brief appearance, Dlamini said, “It’s draining and it’s a waste of time”.
The student activist also said that he was pleased that the case was postponed where a trial date will be set. “I have mixed emotions because it’s really draining, it’s a waste of state resources. At least now there’s some movement in that on the 2nd of March we’ll be setting a trial date. From here, there’s no going back ,that’s what keeps me sane at the moment,” he said.
Dlamini expressed in a Facebook post that this was his 30th court appearance.
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