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Anti-privatisation activist sent to prison for 2 years
Anti-privatisation activist Matthews Ndlovu remains in jail today after he was sentenced to 2 years in prison or a R25000 fine for resisting the installation of infrastructure for pre-paid water meters in Phiri, Soweto. The Gauteng Anti-Privatisation Forum has appealed for funds to secure his release.
In September 2003, residents of Phiri, supported by the Gauteng Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF), resisted the installation of pre-paid water meters in the township by destroying the infrastructure that had been laid to allow these meters to be installed. During this resistance, a number of activists, include Matthews, were arrested. On the 1st of December, Matthews Ndlovu was sentenced to a R25000 fine or 2 years in prison by Magistrate du Toit, after a trial which included signs of clear bias, such as the Magistrate coaching the prosecutor on how to conduct the state's case.
The APF has made an urgent appeal for funds to raise money to pay the R25000 fine so that Matthews Ndlovu can be released from jail.