Ex-medic on intimidation rap gets bail
Durban - Former government paramedic, Sifiso Dlamini, was carried off on the shoulders of his supporters soon after being released on R5 000 bail at the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
Addressing the media outside court, Dlamini denied the intimidation charge he faces, in connection with an illegal strike last year, saying he had the support of 1 500 KZN health department employees.
Court room 10 was packed to capacity with emergency service workers who came to support Dlamini and are believed to be on a go-slow. Some of his former colleagues also stood in the corridors straining to hear the court proceedings while others waited outside the building for the outcome of his formal bail application.
Prosecutor Herman Mouton said the State did not oppose bail but requested certain conditions to be attached.
Magistrate Vanitha Armu granted Dlamini R5 000 bail and ordered that he cannot:
* Contact the investigating officer directly or indirectly;
* Enter any health facility run by the provincial health department unless he is ill; and
* Contact employees at the Emergency Medical Services at the KZN health department.
He was also requested to hand over his cellphone to the police for further investigation, if he had not done so already.
Dlamini, dismissed from the provincial health department two years ago, agreed to the terms and was cheered by his former colleagues when he was granted bail.
The case was adjourned until July 3.