Former radio DJ Ngizwe Mchunu has sworn under oath that he will not evade his trial if released on bail.
After spending more than a week behind bars, Mchunu has taken the stand on Thursday during his bail application at the Randburg Magistrates’ Court.
On Monday last week, Mchunu handed himself over to police after a warrant for his arrest had been issued for allegedly instigating violence during the recent unrest and looting that rocked KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng.
He told the court that he has no previous convictions and that will not evade trial if released on bail.
He went on to state that he has three wives and 12 children, all of whom depend on him financially and that his incarceration will have a negative impact on their lives.
He also told the court that he will not interfere with any witnesses in the case and that he will show up for all his appearances.
On Wednesday, the state opposed his bail application, arguing that he is a flight risk and that it will not be in the interest of justice for him to be released.
SABC News Reporter Maageketla Mohlabe attended court proceedings yesterday: