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hile Mlamli Ngu­dle (45) sat alone in the back of the Mthatha Mag­is­trates’ Court on Wed­nes­day, Mandla Man­dela (41) sat up front in the dock, sur­rounded by a large en­tourage of sup­port­ers and high-pow­ered lawyers, mak­ing it hard to fig­ure out who was the vic­tim and who was the of­fender.

High school geog­ra­phy teacher Ngu­dle was dressed sim­ply in a white shirt and navy trousers, while Man­dela – the old­est grand­son of the late for­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela – was decked out in a black suit.

And while Ngu­dle, a fa­ther of three, sat qui­etly, Mandla held court – chat­ting to his el­e­gant mother, No­lusapho, dur­ing ad­journ­ments, gig­gling with Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo’s younger sib­ling, Mankunku, look­ing at his iPad to read tweets by jour­nal­ists from court, and some­times talk­ing on his phone.

Even their re­ac­tions to Man­dela’s R10 000 fine or two-year jail sen­tence for as­sault­ing Ngu­dle in Oc­to­ber 2013 in a road rage al­ter­ca­tion differed markedly. While Ngu­dle was the pic­ture of de­feat,

Mlamli Ngu­dle

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