Local comedian Soli Philander briefly appeared at Cape Town Magistrates’ Court on Monday on charges of assault.
This comes after his arrest on Saturday morning for violating a peace order after he moered the director of the Marion Institute, Peter Agulhas.
The fight happened after Philander had accused Agulhas of locking the local community out of the institute in Chapel Street, Woodstock, and for attacking him when he tried to remove a four-year-old girl from the building.
According to Philander, the girl’s mother, a resident of the Marion Institute, is a drug addict. He also accuses Agulhas of being a “paedophile”.
Mense in the area have been trying to reclaim the institute for community use.
NPA Regional spokesperson, Eric Ntabazalila says Philander was released on a warning.
“Soli Philander appeared at Cape Town Magistrates Court charged with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, assault and damage to property. His case has been remanded to 4 September 2020 for further investigation. He is out on warning,” Ntabazalila.
Philander is grateful for the outcome of the hearing.
“I feel very positive that the case was postponed to September. That gives us a chance to set about doing what this community is hoping to do. The sense of this, that this is all about me, is a huge mistake. This is the community saying, it is time, we need this, we need to reclaim the space that belongs to us,” says Philander.