Mandela court case proceeds
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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