Alleged looting instigator Phineas Letsoalo to apply for bail next week

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The case of one of the alleged instigators of the recent violent protests and looting of businesses in the country has been postponed for formal bail application.

Phineas Letsoalo appeared briefly in the Bloemfontein Magistrates’ Court yesterday on charges related to incitement to commit public violence.

Letsoalo was arrested on Monday by the Hawks, together with the Free State crime intelligence and Tactical Response Team.

Hawks spokesperson Katlego Mogale says Letsoalo is expected to apply for bail on Wednesday next week.

“In an intelligence led investigation, the team managed to trace one of the alleged instigators in the recent violent protests, looting of businesses and destruction of infrastructure, and ensured the apprehension of the 40-year old Letsoalo. During the search on his body and his car, some exhibits were found.”

In Gauteng last month, former radio DJ Ngizwe Mchunu was released on R 2000 bail by the Randburg Magistrates’ Court.

Mchunu handed himself over to police after a warrant for his arrest had been issued for allegedly instigating violence during the unrest and looting that rocked KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng.

He is facing charges of inciting public violence and contravention of the disaster management act.

Mchunu is one of four alleged instigators who are currently facing prosecution.

In the video below, report on Mchunu granted bail: 

-Additional reporting by Sashin Naidoo