Wednesday, 13 April 2022 12:36

Operation Dudula leader Nhlanhla 'Lux' hands himself over to police.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Operation Dudula leader Nhlanhla "Lux" Dlamini handed himself over to the police on Wednesday morning and appeared at the Meadowlands Magistrate's Court, where he was convicted for having failed to appear in court.

Police spokesperson Colonel Brenda Muridili confirmed Dlamini handed himself over to police in Soweto.

Dlamini was convicted for failure to appear in court in 2019, in a common assault case for allegedly assaulting his mother's tenant. The tenant was allegedly assaulted over failure to pay rent.

He appeared in court on 9 September 2019, and was released on a warning.

He was supposed to be in court on 30 September, but failed to appear and a warrant of arrest was issued.

However, the warrant of arrest was only executed this week.

The prosecution had asked for a sentence of three months in prison or a R300 fine, but the magistrate decided on the lesser sentence. It essentially means that he is cautioned not to recommit the crime and that the arrest warrant is discharged.

If he fails to appear in court on 3 May for the common assault charge, he will be forced to pay the fine or go to jail for three months.

Last month, Dlamini was granted bail of R1,500 by the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court.

This followed his arrest on charges of malicious damage to property, theft and burglary.

The charges are in connection with an incident this month in which he and Operation Dudula members ransacked Soweto resident Victor Ramerafe’s home in search of drugs.