On 14 March 2017, Abaqulusi Municipality speaker appeared in the Vryheid Magistrates' Court facing the charges of intimidation and incitement to commit public violence at Gluckstudt. It is alleged that the accused told the protesters that if the police do not respond to their demands within fourteen days, they must go to the police station and set alight the station including the magistrates' court.
He was arrested on 13 May 2016 at about 12:30 by the KwaZulu-Natal Organised Crime Provincial Commander. He was granted a R10 000 bail and the matter was adjourned to 3 April 2017 for further investigation.
KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa commended the arrest of the suspect. "This arrest will serve as a lesson to other community leaders, that inciting criminal acts is punishable. We will ensure that the accused is successfully prosecuted," he said