Ventersdorp: The Ventersdorp Magistrates’ Court transferred the case against Matthews Stanley Ntjontjo (51), to the Regional Division of KwaZulu-Natal, set to appear on 17 August 2022, where further proceedings that includes bail application will be heard. He indicated that he would source the services of a private attorney, to represent him when the matter sits at the Durban Regional Court.
Ntjontjo’s arrest emanates from intensive investigations by the Hawks, and other law enforcement agencies, at which he is charged with conspiracy to commit public violence, incitement to commit public violence and incitement to commit arson. The charges are linked to his alleged participation in a WhatsApp group, that conspired with others by posting messages that created instability, through the looting of shops and businesses, as well as the destruction of properties through violent means during the period of 8-17 July 2021.
This act of incitement was allegedly orchestrated during the arrest of the former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, and it resulted in vigorous acts of looting and destruction of property, at which a huge financial and job losses were registered. Tjontjo will remain in police custody until his next court appearance, at the Durban Regional Court where his case will be joined with that of the other accused persons, who are facing similar charges.