Marikana housing and land rights activist, Napoleon Webster, is set to be released on bail on Friday after having spent more than six months in jail. Webster was arrested for his alleged participation in the murder of a local ward councillor. Webster believes the charges are politically motivated because of his community campaigns in Marikana. At the time of his release, he would have spent 202 days in Rustenberg prison.
There is strong evidence that Webster was arrested because of his activism and not on the basis of any reasonable suspicion that he has committed any offence. He is a vocal opponent of the African National Congress (ANC) and is closely associated with Black First Land First and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). He has been active in supporting the victims of the Marikana massacre and was a consistent presence at the proceedings of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.
On Thursday 27 July, the North West High Court ordered Webster's release on bail pending his trial. SERI represented Webster during the bail proceedings.