Momberg, who was arrested for allegedly failing to comply with her bail conditions, was released from the Sun City Jail in Johannesburg around 2:30 pm on Friday afternoon, her lawyer said.
“We’re still not sure why. I talked to her half an hour ago. I suspect this is due to the presidential reduction of sentence, ”said Anesh Sukdeo, who is acting on her behalf.
According to Sukdeo, Momberg is heading to her family in Johannesburg.
Meanwhile, Momberg is preparing for a busy 2020 in the courts.
The Bloemfontein Court of Appeal granted her leave to appeal against her two-year sentence, which she is serving as a result of crimen injuria.
She has a pending review application to set aside the warrant that eventually led to her latest arrest. It is in the Johannesburg High Court.
Sukdeo said she also filed a civil claim against the police minister as well as justice and correctional services, as well as against the national director of public prosecution because of her conviction. She was unlawfully arrested and detained in November.
* The arrest warrant came after Momberg, who was out on bail, allegedly missed her deadline to petition for the appeals court.
The High Court granted her 30 days for this, but did not specify whether 30 days meant 30 court days (excluding public holidays and weekends). Momberg petitioned on the last day of 30 court days, but it was already too late, according to the lower courts.
If she missed the deadline, it would mean Momberg had to continue her sentence for crimen injuria. When she failed to report for her sentence, a warrant was issued for her arrest.
She went to report to the police on November 6 after apparently searching for her for three months. She insists she did not violate her bail conditions and did not hide from the police.