Mcebo Dlamini (born on December 17, 1986; Mbabane, Swaziland) is a South African politician and the former Wits SRC President.
He was among the leaders of the #FeesMustFall protests in South Africa. The protest resulted in the adoption of free tertiary education for the poor in the country.
- Name: Mcebo Dlamini
- Date of Birth: 17 December 1986
- Age: 33 years
- Place of Birth: Mbabane, Eswatini
- Nationality: South African
- Education: University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
- Residence: Johannesburg, South Africa
- Popular for: FeesMustFall
- Organization: African National Congress Youth League
The South African politician was born on the 17th of December 1986. Mcebo Dlamini is 33 years old.
Although he holds Swazi citizenship, Dlamini says he is South African “by descent”, and is a South African ID holder.
According to him, both parents hail from South Africa and those who question his citizenship have no clue about history.
The apartheid-era led many politically active black South Africans to forcefully live in exile.
Following the long years in exile, they started their families outside the country. He falls under the categories of those born outside the country while his parents were in exile.
He told The Citizen that he had the right to take part in politics. His reason was not only because he was a South African by descent, but he paid tax and could even vote in the country.
He is a former President of the Students’ Representative Council of the University of the Witwatersrand. But Dlamini was expelled for misconduct in 2015.
He became famous for some bad quality following controversial remarks.
This includes “praising Adolf Hitler for killing white people as opposed to other leaders he claimed of killing only black people”.
He tried to defend his comments after the outcry of Jewish South Africans claiming that “the same thing Hitler was doing to the Jews, they are doing to the Palestinians”.
Dlamini received charges on multiple counts of violating a court order and public violence.
He was also charged with assault, theft, and malicious damage to property in connection with the FeesMustFall movement.
The Mcebo Dlamini criminal record marks the end of his legal career ambitions. He graduated with a law degree from the University of Witwatersrand.
On Monday, 9th March 2020 was found guilty of public violence and was sentenced to two years and six months in prison.
But Dlamini will only serve prison time if he is found guilty of a similar offense in the next five (5) years.
He took to social media, his conviction and sentence.
“Today marked the end of my legal career.
“The court found me guilty of public violence, thus (sentencing) me to two years and six months (conditionally) suspended sentence for five years”, he said.