About seven years after being charged, Andile Lili was convicted has been convicted of two counts of attending illegal gatherings outside the Bellville magistrate’s court, inciting members of the Ses’khona People’s Movement to murder, and common assault on Tuesday. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) believe justice prevailed while the ANC is reviewing the judgement ahead of sentencing.
ANDILE ‘THE POO PROTESTER’ LILI NOW A CONVICT
Spokesperson for the NPA Eric Ntabazalila confirmed that Lili was convicted for attending an illegal gathering outside the Bellville magistrate’s court on 12 August 2014, attending an illegal gathering outside the same court on 28 July 2015, inciting members of the Ses’khona People’s Movement to murder outside the court on 28 July 2015, and common assault in that he threatened complainants that he would have them shot.
While addressing members at the illegal gathering in July 2015, Lili said criminals should be killed.
“We must kill them, comrades! We are liberating ourselves from criminals. Police are trying‚ but the justice system is failing us,”Lili said.
However, Lili first gained notoriety because he and his supporters were in court at the time to hear sentencing in the case where he and other Ses’khona members were found guilty of throwing faeces at the Cape Town International Airport.
SENTENCING STILL TO COME
State advocate Peter Damon, who has prosecuted Lili’s case since 2014, says the case has been postponed until August 12 for pre-sentence reports and sentencing.
“Justice has prevailed,”says state prosecutor Peter Damon.
The Western Cape ANC said in a statement that it is studying the judgment in Lili’s case and its implications.
“The provincial leadership will at the appropriate time and having processed this matter issue a directive in line with policies of the organisation that relate to a member being convicted by a court of law.”says the ANC.