Shaka Sisulu charged with as­sault

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Po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist Shaka Sisulu may face the mu­sic for al­legedly as­sault­ing his former part­ner and the mother of his child, Ler­ato Sedi.

Sedi, who works as a chef, told City Press this week that she would not have agreed to go to Sisulu’s home in Morn­ing­side, Sand­ton, had she known that she would be nurs­ing bruises to her el­bow.

Sisulu de­nied as­sault­ing Sedi, say­ing a “dis­agree­ment on a main­te­nance is­sue sud­denly turned into an as­sault claim”.

“I also am not sure what the motive of this could be,” he said via email yes­ter­day.

How­ever, Sedi said the trou­ble be­gan when she texted Sisulu, ask­ing him to send money for their three­year-old son.

“He then asked that I come to his home the fol­low­ing morn­ing on my way to drop off our son,” she said.

“I went to his home and he asked that we speak out­side on his pa­tio. When I ex­plained to him what the money I keep ask­ing for ev­ery month was for, he told me that I chose friends over my fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity,” she al­leged.

Sedi said she then walked out af­ter telling Sisulu that they were not on the same page, but made the point that she wanted him to con­trib­ute to their son’s up­bring­ing.

Sedi and Sisulu, the grand­son of strug­gle stal­warts Wal­ter and Al­bertina Sisulu, were wed in a tra­di­tional cer­e­mony in 2013 and sep­a­rated two years ago.

“I told him that since we were not agree­ing on a few things, I’ll have to take the matter to court. He asked me to come back to the pa­tio. I went back be­cause I thought he had some­thing sen­si­ble to say.

“He pro­ceeded to tell me that he doesn’t owe me any­thing and that I should stop ask­ing him for money,” she al­leged.

She fur­ther claimed that as she an­grily walked away from Sisulu to open the door and leave, he slammed the door into her arm and bruised it.

“He is aware that he as­saulted me, but he hasn’t even apol­o­gised to me,” she said.

Sisulu told City Press the fol­low­ing via email: “The mother of my child claimed that I pushed her against a door. I deny this claim.

“I can con­firm that, in­deed, she came to my house for a meet­ing last Thurs­day morn­ing. The pur­pose of the meet­ing was solely to rene­go­ti­ate the cur­rent terms of main­te­nance for our child which have been more than ad­e­quate for the child’s up­keep. Other than her leav­ing my house up­set that I did not ac­cede to her pro­pos­als, I can con­firm with ab­so­lute cer­tainty that noth­ing else hap­pened.

“Ab­so­lutely no as­sault of any kind took place.”

Sisulu said his fam­ily had “in­sisted on me­di­a­tion for this dif­fer­ence over main­te­nance, and as we both clearly care a lot about the best in­ter­est of our child, we have agreed that we shall take this up”.

“At the end of the day, the only im­por­tant thing in this ap­par­ent dis­pute is the best in­ter­est of our child.

“We have al­ways main­tained a cor­dial re­la­tion­ship be­cause of our com­mon in­ter­est to raise our child well.

“I am sorry that my stance on our main­te­nance dis­pute has caused her feel­ings to be hurt.”

Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Author­ity spokesper­son Phindi Mjonond­wane con­firmed to City Press on Fri­day that Sisulu was ar­rested at the Sand­ton po­lice sta­tion, where he had gone to with his at­tor­ney. He was charged with as­sault with in­tent to do griev­ous bod­ily harm.

He ap­plied for bail on the day of his ar­rest and was re­leased on R500 bail.

“He al­legedly hit the mother of his child against the door at his Morn­ing­side, Sand­ton, home af­ter an ar­gu­ment over the col­lec­tion of child main­te­nance money,” said Mjonond­wane.

Sisulu was sched­uled to ap­pear in the Rand­burg Mag­is­trate’s Court on Thurs­day – the day that deputy min­is­ter of higher ed­u­ca­tion Mduduzi Manana ap­peared in the same court – but he did not ar­rive.

He was is­sued with a bench of war­rant (an ar­rest war­rant that is or­dered by a judge). Sisulu then sent the court a valid rea­son for be­ing un­able to ap­pear on Thurs­day. The bench of war­rant was with­drawn.

He then ap­peared in court on Fri­day and is sched­uled to make an­other court ap­pear­ance next month.

Po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Mavela Ma­sondo con­firmed that a case of com­mon as­sault was opened against Sisulu, but it has been el­e­vated to a case of as­sault with in­tent to do griev­ous bod­ily harm.

Ler­ato Sedi

Shaka Sisulu

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