Coun­cil­lors fail in bid to have charges of as­sault with­drawn

The Herald (South Africa) - - NEWS - Kathryn Kim­ber­ley

TWO Nel­son Man­dela Bay ANC coun­cil­lors have failed in their at­tempt to have charges of as­sault with­drawn against them.

Andile Lungisa, 39, and Ga­mal­ih­leli Maqula, 28, who face charges of as­sault with in­tent to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm fol­low­ing a coun­cil brawl last year, will now have to stand trial later this year.

De­fence at­tor­ney Luthando Ngqakayi had made writ­ten rep­re­sen­ta­tions to the Deputy Di­rec­tor of Public Pros­e­cu­tions in a bid to have the charges with­drawn with­out the men hav­ing to stand trial.

Yes­ter­day, the Port El­iz­a­beth Mag­is­trate’s Court heard that the rep­re­sen­ta­tions had been un­suc­cess­ful.

Fur­ther de­tails about th­ese rep­re­sen­ta­tions and why they were not suc­cess­ful were not re­vealed in court.

Both ac­cused were pre­vi­ously ex­cused from yes­ter­day’s pro­ceed­ings and were not be­fore court.

Lungisa stands ac­cused of hit­ting may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for roads and trans­port, Rano Kayser, over the head with a glass jug of wa­ter‚ while Maqula, a ward 19 coun­cil­lor, is ac­cused of stab­bing DA chief whip Werner Senekal in the back with a sharp ob­ject dur­ing a heated coun­cil meet­ing in Oc­to­ber.

The al­leged in­ci­dent was caught on cam­era.

A trial date was ar­ranged yes­ter­day for Novem­ber 6 and 7.

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