JOHANNESBURG – Mcebo Dlamini’s lawyers want his case to be declared illegal and unconstitutional.
Dlamini’s legal team plan to bring an application before the courts, after his pre-trial hearing on Friday confirmed that mediation was unsuccessful.
The fees must fall activist faces six charges, including theft, public violence, and assaulting a police officer.
Dlamini remains defiant, and insists the state has no case against him.
“I am strong like a buffalo bull,” he said.
“We are fighting a system, a status quo. It reacts, this is it reacting.
“We are not angry with anyone. This is us liberating South Africa. We are doing what [Nelson] Mandela and our parents should have done.”
Prosecutor Steven Rubin told the court they were ready to proceed with the trial.
“The state believes three days is sufficient for the trial we will meet in the interim to discuss issues in dispute. We will call 15 witness,” said Rubin.
Dlamini’s lawyer, Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, said the case is politically motivated.
“Mr Shaun Abrahams had a meeting in Luthuli house he discussed with high ranking ANC officials is the fees must fall, it is appearing that his prosecution is politically motivated,” Ngcukaitobi said.
In August, Dlamini embarked on a protest walk from Auckland Park to the Union Buildings.
His aim was to highlight the plight of other activists and to ask the president for a pardon.
His trial is set down for three days in April 2019.