22 May 2018

South Africa: Found Not Guilty By Court, Marikana Activist Warns of Cops Pursuing 'Political Agendas'

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Marikana activist Napoleon Webster was found not guilty of murder on Tuesday after prosecutors accepted they didn't have a case. He spent 202 days in prison and now wants to hold the NPA and police accountable for what he believes were politically motivated charges.

Everything that's happened to Napoleon Webster over the last 16 months came back to him when he was found not guilty on Tuesday. He thought of his violent arrest and the 202 days he spent in Rustenburg Prison after his bail application was denied.

"I don't want to lie to you, I was crying," he said after Judge Ronnie Hendricks found him and five other accused not guilty of murdering Petrus Sabata in Marikana in December 2016.

Throughout his trial, Webster maintained his innocence and said the police and National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) targeted him due to his activism. The case against Webster was thrown out after prosecutors failed to link him to the mob justice killing and their witnesses proved unreliable.

Webster has a long history of activism and was often on the front lines of community and EFF protests. He...

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