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51-year-old Matthews Stanley Ntjontjo is accused of participating in a Whatsapp group chat 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 08-17 July 2021.

NPA Regional spokesperson Henry Mamothame says Ntjontjo’s arrest emanates from intensive investigations by the Hawks at which he is charged with conspiracy to commit public violence, incitement to commit public violence and incitement to commit arson.

He says 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.

Furthermore the Ventersdorp Magistrates’ Court moved the case to the Regional Division of KwaZulu-Natal, set to appear on 17 August 2022.

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