Court orders Mbalula, KSD to pay R1.5m for wrongful arrest

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and the King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality were ordered by the Mthatha High Court today to pay damages of R1515000 plus interest for the unlawful arrest and detention of 14 people, one of them EFF MP Fana Mokoena.

Mokoena was in parliament yesterday and unable to comment after he was awarded R130000, while two EFF officer-bearers will get R115000 and 11 co-plaintiffs will get R105000 each.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula PICTURE: MARIANNE THAMM

The group initially sued the municipality (first respondent) and the minister of police (second respondent) for R11.9-million.

The Daily Dispatch reported in 2015 that EFF member of parliament Fana Mokoena, EFF’s OR Tambo interim regional coordinator Mbuyisi Mgibisa and the EFF’s KSD ward 7 leader Sisa Xundu, were arrested and accused of defeating the ends of justice. Other residents of KwaRay informal settlement, now called Maiden Farm, were arrested for land invasion.

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