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EKURHU­LENI ANC Youth League (ANCYL) re­gional chair­per­son Le­siba Rampye al­legedly kicked and throt­tled his com­rade God­frey Mo­fo­keng un­til he suf­fered in­ter­nal bleed­ing.

This was af­ter a pub­lic meet­ing to nom­i­nate an ANC ward coun­cil­lor turned vi­o­lent in Katle­hong on Sun­day.

Rampye ’ s friend, only known as Sipho, al­legedly pulled a gun on Mo­fo­keng for ac­ci­den­tally “kick­ing my ex­pen­sive suit with your cheap shoes” when he tried to pro­tect him­self from the kicks.

The chair and two men, in­clud­ing Sipho, were ar­rested for com­mon as­sault on Wed­nes­day and re­leased on warn­ing on the same day.

East Rand po­lice spokesman Soy­amo Si­mawu con­firmed the ar­rests.

“Be­cause it is a com­mon as­sault case, state­ments were ob­tained from them,” said Si­mawu.

“They were all re­leased on warn­ing, and the case was sent to the se­nior pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor on Thurs­day for a de­ci­sion whether to pros­e­cute.”

Mo­fo­keng, an ANCYL branch chair­per­son in Ward 63, Katle­hong, said he was walk­ing home when he was at­tacked.

This was af­ter his pre­ferred can­di­date Ed­die Ko­mane had de­feated Rampye’s un­known can­di­date in a pub­lic meet­ing to nom­i­nate an ANC ward coun­cil­lor at a lo­cal pri­mary school.

He said Rampye and Sipho’s cars vi­o­lently screeched to a halt next to him. They then jumped out and at­tacked him with­out provo­ca­tion.

“Le­siba throt­tled and kicked me sev­eral times, while Sipho grabbed my foot and threw me to the ground.”

Mo­fo­keng said as they were beat­ing him, he un­wit­tingly kicked Sipho when at­tempt­ing to free him­self from them.

He said Sipho rushed to his ve­hi­cle and grabbed a gun and shouted “do you see what you are kick­ing with what?”, while dust­ing off his suit. “He then threat­ened to shoot me,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to Mo­fo­keng, he even­tu­ally freed him­self and went to open a case at Ramokonopi Po­lice Sta­tion.

“The po­lice gave me a form for the nurses to com­plete. I went to a clinic in Ramokonopi and the nurses told me I was suf­fer­ing from in­ter­nal bleed­ing. My com­rades then rushed me to Vosloorus Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.”

Rampye could not be reached for com­ment.

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