Somizi case regarding lockdown ‘joke’ about Fikile Mbalula is postponed
Media personality Somizi Mhlongo’s case of contravening the Disaster Management Act was on Friday postponed until July 23 for further investigation.
The case was also postponed to permit the result of representations made by Mhlongo’s legal team to the National Prosecuting Authority.
Mhlongo was arrested in April and granted a bail of R1,500.
Transport minister Fikile Mbalula opened a case against Mhlongo at the Sandton police headquarters for allegedly breaching disaster management regulations associated with “information dissemination and misinformation”.
Hours before President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that SA’s coronavirus lockdown would be extended until the top of April, Mhlongo had asserted in an Instagram video that Mbalula had given him a heads-up about the extension.
Mhlongo subsequently apologized to Mbalula for his “joke”, saying: “I’m a bit like you, I didn’t realize it. I used to be just guessing.”