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#UnitedBehind: Eight arrested after sit-in at NPA office

By Khanyisile Ngcobo and Marvin Charles Time of article published Nov 1, 2017

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Cape Town - The United Behind movement was adamant in its demand that the National Prosecution Authority put President Jacob Zuma behind bars.

The movement made this call during a staged sit-in the NPA's Cape Town offices on Wednesday afternoon. 

The masked protesters, who were later arrested, walked into the lobby of the prosecuting authority's offices, holding placards that read "Arrest Zuma, or arrest us".

Speaking of the protest was spokesperson Noncedo Madubedube, who explained Wednesday's protest.   

"Activists went to the NPA's offices demanding to see a statement of sorts declaring Zuma's imminent arrest but were told there was no such statement. 

"They then refused to leave and staged a sit-in, prompting police to arrest eight people including members of one of our affiliate organisations."

Media barred from going in the NPA offices in Cape Town @TheCapeArgus #UnitedBehind pic.twitter.com/safj8BzTex

— Marvin Charles (@MarvinCharles17) November 1, 2017

More police has arrived at the #UniteBehind demonstrations @TheCapeArgus pic.twitter.com/00LLfqE197

— Marvin Charles (@MarvinCharles17) November 1, 2017

Madubedube was adamant in the movement's call for Zuma to be jailed, adding that it was a well-known fact that he was guilty of the accusations levelled against him. 

She also expressed surprise that despite all the reports released on State Capture, no action had been taken against those implicated. 

"That's why we'll keep having protests. we'll continue mobilising community members until action is taken," she said. 

Police have confirmed that five males aged between 37 and 61 and three women aged between 27 and 64 were arrested on charges of trespassing. They are currently being processed, and will be released on a warning to appear in court.

Despite numerous attempts, the NPA did not respond to queries at the time of publication. 

IOL and Cape Argus

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