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ANCYL KZN official among 20 in court for 'instigating' July riots

A senior ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader in the Musa Dladla region, Sanele Masuku, is among 20 people who appeared briefly in the Durban magistrate's court on Friday in connection with last year's July riots. 

They were arrested as part of a Hawks operation to nab alleged instigators who incited public violence through social media and other platforms during widespread looting and destruction in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng last year.

The 20 accused — 19 from KwaZulu-Natal and one from the Free State — are believed to have been working in concert and face charges of conspiracy to commit public violence, incitement to commit public violence and arson.

Magistrate Anand Maharaj postponed the case to August 26 and granted them bail of R3,000 each. One of the accused was released on warning. 

The Hawks said the arrests started on Thursday and 64 more arrests will be made in Gauteng, the North West, Free State, Western Cape and Northern Cape over the next few days.

Masuku's attorney Sibusisiwe Sibeko, said Masuku, the ANCYL regional spokesperson, was arrested at about 10.30am in the KwaDlangezwe area near the University of Zululand.

This is a developing story.

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