Carl Niehaus set to fight Covid-19 violation in Estcourt magistrate's court

Suspended ANC member Carl Niehaus waits with his partner Noluthando Mdluli in the Estcourt magistrate's court on Wednesday.
Suspended ANC member Carl Niehaus waits with his partner Noluthando Mdluli in the Estcourt magistrate's court on Wednesday.
Image: Sandile Ndlovu

Suspended ANC member Carl Niehaus arrived at the Estcourt magistrate’s court on Wednesday surrounded by comrades, a strong police presence and virtual support from former president Jacob Zuma's daughter, Dudu.

Niehaus was arrested last month for breaking level 4 lockdown regulations after he and a group of ANC members and supporters gathered outside the Estcourt prison where Jacob Zuma was incarcerated.

The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) spokesperson was expected to pay a R3,000 fine by August 6 or appear in court.

Niehaus posted on social media that he intended to fight the case.

“I will show you that I am not a coward by taking the NPA head-on tomorrow in court in Estcourt for wrongful arrest, and that the Covid-19 protocols are being abused to undermine the constitution and to repress freedom of speech. I will be in court fighting!”

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