Niren Tolsi writes in the Mail & Guardian about the arrest and detention of Napoleon Webster. Napoleon, a community activist very active in the Marikana area including in campaigning for housing and land rights, has been denied bail after being arrested for his alleged participation in the murder of a local councillor.
He has now spent 151 days in Rustenberg prison for what he describes as "political" reasons.
There is strong evidence that Mr Webster was arrested because of his activism and not on the basis of any reasonable suspicion that he has committed any offence. He is a vocal opponent of the African National Congress and is closely associated with Black First Land First and the Economic Freedom Fighters. He has been active in supporting the victims of the Marikana massacre and was a consistent presence at the marikana commission of inquiry's proceedings.
On behalf of Mr Webster, SERI has filed a notice to appeal the Magistrate's decision refusing to grant Mr Webster bail to the North West High Court.