An application to change the
bail conditions in order to allow community activist Lubabalo Vellem to return
to his home in Masiphumelele was turned down in the Simon’s Town Magistrate’s
The decision infuriated a 700 strong crowd
who had marched from Masiphumelele earlier and spent the day outside court
waiting to hear if their leader would return home. The were no incidents of
violence during the march and Priya Reddy spokesperson for the City of Cape
Town said it had been a legal march.
She said the permit had
allowed for a group of 700 to march to Simon’s Town. Vellem who faces charges
of attempted murder, assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm and
malicious damage to property has been living with his sister in Khayelitsha
after conditions when he was released on bail of 5 000 Rands in November
included he be removed from the area.
Labels: Activist Vellem bail application denied