Mdumiseni Khetha Zuma (36) was found guilty in the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court on Friday on charges of inciting people to gather together and commit violence.
He was found guilty on charges of breaching section 17 and 18 of the Riotous Assemblies Act.
“He made an inflammatory video about the Brookside shopping center and distributed it on WhatsApp,” said Natasha Ramkisson-Kara, spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority.
The charges relate to incidents of looting and public violence in July 2021 in parts of the country, especially in KwaZulu-Natal.
RNews reported earlier that the Brookside shopping center in Pietermaritzaburg was looted and burnt down.
During the ruling, the oversight officer found that Zuma’s WhatsApp video could have persuaded people to commit public violence. It is also based on Zuma’s own confession during his testimony that, if he had received a similar video, he would also be incited to public violence.
The case was adjourned until 9 October 2023 for pre-sentence reports.
He remains in custody.