Youths granted free bail
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By Itumeleng Koleile
Eleven youths who were on Friday arrested for alleged violation of internal security and penal code by participating in a procession to hand over a petition to parliament were yesterday released on free Bail.
Magistrate Makopano Rantšo ruled, the suspects, are granted free bail, must attend remands, and not interfere with crown witnesses.
Following their participation in the protest March that was declared unlawful, the 11 were arrested and yesterday appeared before the magistrate court on charges of participating in the unlawful gathering and destroying fruits of vendors.
The accused eleven youths: Rammatli Phakisi, Thuto Morahanye, Kahiso Kolobe, Thesele Moshoeshoe, Tumo Tsanyane, Thabiso Kalane, Matela Semoli, Limakatso Tšepe, Mahlakisa Mothobi, ‘Mabataung Sehlabo and Tšeliso Metsing were however given free bail on their own recognizance.
The accused were among a group of youths who were on a quest to fight for what they referred to as the alienated rights of the youth by the government.
However, they were arrested on allegation that they gathered unlawfully.
According to their legal counsel advocate Makara, the accused individuals were arrested unlawfully and added they were assaulted by the police, were not read their rights upon arrest, and had their privacy rights violated as the police deleted both photos and videos from their phones upon their arrest.
Makara not only said he considered the actions of the police officers unlawful but he also pleaded with the court to dismiss the remand and have all the accused released.
“The manner in which my clients were detained was inhumane and the holding cells were not, in any case, inhabitable,” he said.
In contrast, advocate Phooko of the prosecution said “the holding cells are no hotels”.
He also said that the defense ought not to make orders without a legal basis.
This, he said on allegations of assault and said a medical form ought to be produced in defense of such.
Moreover, he said issues pertaining to an invasion of privacy that was committed through deleting of videos and photos, he said all that is dealt with in the constitutional court.
He said as per the invetigation officer’s report, upon their arrest, the suspects’ constitutional rights were read to them.
But the Court released the accused and ordered that they report before the Magistrate for remand on December 15th.