A Clash With Mantashe Get’s An Eastern Cape Attorney Arrested

FILE PHOTO: Human Rights Attorney Richard Spoor arrested after a heated fracas with Minister Gwede Mantashe. PICTURE: Icosindaba

XOLOBENI: He was released over the weekend with a warning and ordered to appear in court on Tuesday.

An Eastern Cape attorney who was arrested after marching on a venue where mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe was meeting with residents over the weekend has appeared in the Bizana Magistrate’s Court.

Richard Spoor, who together with residents opposes an application for a mine in Xolobeni, was arrested at the weekend after marching with community members.

He was released over the weekend with a warning and ordered to appear in court on Tuesday.

Videos on social media showed Spoor and Mantashe in a heated exchange at the venue before an irate Mantashe was seen walking away.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Luxolo Tyali said he had been charged with disobeying a police officer’s instruction, inciting public violence and common assault.

“The matter was postponed to October 25 for further investigations,” he said.