Glenmore activist stones High Court window for third time

Glenmore activist Velile Ben Mafani stoned and broke a window in the Grahamstown High Court on Friday morning, and then waited patiently for the police to arrive and arrest him.

When the police finally arrived after a long wait, Mafani admitted he had broken the window intentionally, and willingly climbed into the back of the police van to be taken to the police station.

It is not the first time Mafani has broken the court's windows to demonstrate his anger towards the justice system and the Eastern Cape government.

 

In 2007 he broke three windows at the court and was charged for malicious damage to property. He was sentenced to a R2 000 fine or a year in prison, but the sentence was suspended for five years on condition he was not convicted of a similar offence in that five-year period.

Seven months later in 2008, he did it again, was arrested and then released on a warning.

He is demanding that the people of Glenmore, who were forcefully removed from their homes in Coega in 1979 by the Apartheid government, be taken back to their place of birth. Mafani lost his wife and children during the forced removals.

"I won't keep quiet until they give me a life or death sentence, if they don't want to listen to what I say," he said. "Why is my voice not heard? Don't I belong to South Africa?”

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BRING IT ON...Velile Ben Mafani waits for the arrival of the police in front of  the Grahamstown High Court after he stoned and broke a window. Photo: Odwa Funeka
BRING IT ON...Velile Ben Mafani waits for the arrival of the police in front of the Grahamstown High Court after he stoned and broke a window. Photo: Odwa Funeka
BROKEN GLASS...The High Court window broken by Velile Ben Mafani on Friday. Photo: Odwa Funeka
BROKEN GLASS...The High Court window broken by Velile Ben Mafani on Friday. Photo: Odwa Funeka
WEAPON OF DESTRUCTION...The stone that Mafani used to break the window was lying in front of him while he was waiting for the cops.The stone was wrapped in a white cloth with a silver and red ribbon. Photo: Odwa Funeka
WEAPON OF DESTRUCTION...The stone that Mafani used to break the window was lying in front of him while he was waiting for the cops.The stone was wrapped in a white cloth with a silver and red ribbon. Photo: Odwa Funeka
LEADING THE WAY... Mafani walked willingly to the police van. Photo: Odwa Funeka
LEADING THE WAY... Mafani walked willingly to the police van. Photo: Odwa Funeka