Lawyer’s ‘as­sault by fin­ger’ has ev­ery­one talk­ing

Daily Dispatch - - News - TONY CARNIE

Hu­man rights at­tor­ney Richard Spoor was back in the news on Fri­day af­ter he posted a copy of his charge sheet, from his ar­rest two weeks ago, on Face­book.

The charge sheet read: “The ac­cused is guilty of the crime of as­sault in that on or about Septem­ber 23 2018 … the ac­cused did un­law­fully and in­ten­tion­ally as­sault An­dries Petrus Swart by point­ing him with a fin­ger.”

The at­tor­ney, who rep­re­sents mem­bers of the Amadiba Cri­sis Com­mit­tee who are op­posed to an Aus­tralian-led min­eral sands min­ing project near the vil­lage of Xolobeni‚ was in­volved in a heated ver­bal en­counter with min­eral re­sources min­is­ter Gwede Man­tashe and se­nior East­ern Cape po­lice com­mis­sioner Ma­jor-Gen An­dre Swart on the Wild Coast‚ which ended with Spoor be­ing charged with as­sault.

His post set off a chain of com­ments from his Face­book fol­low­ers.

Al­li­son Thom­son wanted to know which fin­ger he had pointed‚ while Pi­eter Steyn cau­tioned: “Don’t touch me on my fin­ger”.

Some fol­low­ers were not as amused‚ with one per­son com­ment­ing: “What a stupid‚ im­ma­ture lit­tle chip off some­one else’s po­lit­i­cal shoul­der. What a waste of time and our money to try in all pre­dictable fu­til­ity‚ to jus­tify the ego trip of a small man in a big world.”

An­other fol­lower wrote: “Hey Richard! This [is] se­ri­ous stuff. Just as well cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment has been abol­ished; who knows what could be­fall you?”

Po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Khaya Ton­jeni said: “The mat­ter is in front of the court and un­for­tu­nately as the East­ern Cape po­lice‚ we can­not com­ment on a mat­ter that is sub ju­dice”. —

This [is] se­ri­ous stuff. Just as well cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment has been abol­ished; who knows what could be­fall you

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