The Correctional Services has debunked rumors that former Wits student leader Dlamini Mcebo is on a hunger strike.
The services’ spokesman Manelisi Wolela said Mcebo, who is held at the Johannesburg Prison, has been feeding well with other inmates.
On Friday, Mcebo’s comrade and one of #FeesMustFall activists Nkululeko Tselane confirmed to some media houses that the student leader has been starving for sometime after he paid the detained activist a visit.
He also disclosed that Dlamini was hurled into in a single cell at the Johannesburg Correctional Services Center, aka Sun City.
“Mcebo is more or less fine. He says he has been on a hunger strike since Wednesday but I’m not sure what this entails. He is trying to comprehend what is going on outside as our activists are being harassed and shot at,” Tselane told reporters.
He added that the activist encouraged them to keep on fighting until the government meets the #FeesMustFall demands. Tselane is the son of the deputy chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission and a student of Wits University.
On where Dlamini was kept, Wolela, however, refused to divulge whether he is languishing in a single cell or not.
“Any person when he or she gets into our facility‚ a determination is made where that person should be kept and that is a security matter which I cannot reveal‚” said Wolela.
Dlamini was nabbed by the police weeks ago. The 30-year-old Dlamini was denied bail at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court last week and remanded in custody until his next appearance on 15 November.
He is facing charges of public violence‚ theft‚ malicious damage to property and assault. Many believe Dlamini’s arrest is politically motivated, with the aim to destabilize the #FeesMustFall movement.