Gauteng police said seven Alexandra Dudula movement members who were arrested have been sentenced to seven years in jail for inciting public violence.
The convicted members were arrested on May 29 when the movement targeted foreign owned shops in Alexandra calling for them to be closed.
“One of the accused, Simon Motaung was identified as the leader of the movement. All suspects were found guilty and sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment which is wholly suspended for five years on condition that they must not be convicted of public violence during the period of suspension,” said Colonel Dimakatso Sell, the police spokesperson.
The were sentenced at Alexandra Magistrate’s Court on July 1. Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, the Gauteng provincial commissioner welcomed the sentencing of the Dudula members and lauded Sergeant Maswinginyi of the Provincial Serious and Violent Crime Investigations for the swift and well executed investigation which ended in a conviction.
“People should refrain from being part of public violence and destroying infrastructure as this amounts to a criminal offence which is punishable by law. May this sentence be a deterrence to those who think of being involved in public violence.
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