Mcebo Dlamini. Picture: Chris Collingridge/Independent Media

Johannesburg - Fees Must Fall student activist Mcebo Dlamini is expected to appear at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

Dlamini is facing charges of violating a court order, public violence, assault, theft, and damage to property related to the 2016 “fees must fall” protests at Wits University.

On August 29, the case against Dlamini was postponed after his legal representative fell ill. His legal representative, Thabo Kwinana, said via text message that due to unforeseen circumstances he was not able to make it to court. 

Dlamini read the message sent to him by Kwinana to the court, moments later Kwinana sent another text message saying that he would be able to make it to court any time after September 5.

The court granted the postponement but said it would be the final postponement that would be allowed.

Dlamini was arrested in October 2016, and was released on R2,000 bail in November by the Palm Ridge High Court.

Students protested across South Africa in October 2016, for free tertiary education.