Man­dela court case pro­ceeds

Sunday World - - News - MZWANDILE kaBIZOKWAKHE

AF­TER tak­ing the oath of of­fice this week as an MP, Mvezo chief Zwe­liv­elile Mandla Man­dela will ap­pear be­fore the Mthatha Mag­is­trate’s Court to­mor­row on charges of as­sault with in­tent to do griev­ous bod­ily harm.

Sources close to the po­lice and prose­cu­tion say the charge might be changed to at­tempted mur­der af­ter the vic­tim had to go into emer­gency surgery.

Man­dela is ac­cused of as­sault­ing a teacher and point­ing a gun at him in Oc­to­ber.

Teacher Mlamli Ngu­dle con­firmed that he had surgery at St An­drews Hospi­tal in KwaZulu-Natal in Novem­ber to re­move a blood clot on his brain.

In his state­ment to the po­lice, Ngu­dle said Man­dela struck him on the head with a gun.

He said it hap­pened af­ter an ar­gu­ment dur­ing which Man­dela charged at him and used un­print­able lan­guage.

I was re­vers­ing and I heard this man shout­ing and curs­ing and com­ing to­wards me, say­ing that I was go­ing to bump the car be­hind me,” Ngu­dle said.

So I cursed back, and he ran to his car and took a gun from his car.

He came to me, opened the car door, slapped me across the face and hit me with a gun on my fore­head.

I fell down and he started tram­pling upon me with his feet while he was point­ing a gun,” Ngu­dle said.

Man­dela de­nied the as­sault at the time and claimed that Ngu­dle was drunk.

If he says I was drunk, he must prove it in court,” said Ngu­dle.

There is no such thing. If I dis­cov­ered a drunken per­son driv­ing a car, I would call the po­lice.”

The East­ern Cape Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Author­ity has de­cided to press ahead with the charges.

Spokesman Lux­olo Tyali

told Sun­day World that the state was ready to pros­e­cute the case.

He is charged with as­sault with in­tent to do griev­ous bod­ily harm and point­ing a firearm.

I’m not aware that the case will be changed to at­tempted mur­der and we fore­see no di­ver­sion,” Tyali said.

There have been sug­ges­tions that Man­dela was plan­ning to set­tle out of court with the com­plainant.

Man­dela’s lawyer, Billy Gun­delfin­ger, con­firmed there were dis­cus­sions for a set­tle­ment, but that didn’t go any­where”.

The case is set down for three days from Mon­day to Wed­nes­day, so it is pro­ceed­ing,” he said.

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