Lawyer’s ‘assault by finger’ has everyone talking
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