West Rand Patriotic Alliance leader Bruce Nimmerhoudt was acquitted of a charge of inciting public violence at Roodepoort Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

His legal team applied for his release under section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977.

“We filed after the state’s case was closed. I can say that my client felt great relief. He was very emotional after the verdict because [they were] he’s faced some pretty serious charges,” his lawyer, Calvin Richards, told News24.

“We prepared; we did the hard work and it paid off.”

Nimmerhoud was arrested last year on charges of inciting violence during riots in parts of the country in July 2021.

He was alleged to have circulated a WhatsApp voice memo inciting communal violence and urging people to block national highways.

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