The state has opposed the bail application of former radio DJ Ngizwe Mchunu who is currently appearing in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court north of Johannesburg.

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 is facing a charge of inciting public violence. Mchunu is one of four alleged instigators who are currently facing prosecution.

Proceedings today began with the media submitting an application to film inside court, however, the application was denied by Magistrate Gayle Pretorious.

In her ruling, she emphasised Mchunu’s right to privacy, saying that the media can only take notes of proceedings.

The state is opposing Mchunu’s bail application, saying that he is a flight risk and he may evade his trial if released.

There’s a strong police presence both inside and outside the courtroom, with heavily armed officers keeping a close eye on proceedings.

A group of Mchunu’s supporters gathered outside court – singing and dancing.

Former radio Dj Ngizwe Mchunu appears in court, charged with incitement: