Mozam­bi­can pres­i­dent Filipe Nyusi’s child ac­cused of rough­ing up ANC big­wig’s kid in Sand­ton

Sunday World - - Front Page - By Ng­wako Malatji ng­[email protected]­day­

Mozam­bi­can Pres­i­dent Filipe Nyusi’s son has al­legedly pulled a Grace Mu­gabe-like stunt on the son of a Gaut­eng MEC and ANC heavy­weight in two sep­a­rate in­ci­dents in Joburg last week.

Florindo Filipe Jac­into Nyusi al­legedly as­saulted the MEC’s son, Dr Amo­ge­lang Man­ganyi, and smashed his cell­phone at a top Sand­ton restau­rant be­fore threat­en­ing to blast his brains out with a gun. Af­ter the fight, Jac­into al­legedly added salt to the wound by hurl­ing about R2,000 at Man­ganyi and screamed at him to go re­pair his cell­phone.

When the irate Man­ganyi re­fused, Jac­into al­legedly took the phone, re­moved the SIM card and left with it claim­ing that he was tak­ing it to an in­tel­li­gence unit within the SAPS for foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Man­ganyi, a former Wits Univer­sity SRC leader, opened a case of in­tim­i­da­tion, as­sault and ma­li­cious dam­age to prop­erty at the Parkview po­lice sta­tion against Jac­into.

Like Mu­gabe, Jac­into also seems to have got­ten away with his al­leged trans­gres­sions as he had not been ar­rested al­most two weeks af­ter Man­ganyi opened the case against him.

Re­lat­ing his or­deal to Sun­day World, Man­ganyi said he and his friends were en­joy­ing sup­per at a restau­rant in Sand­ton two weeks ago when he gave one of his friends his top notch iPhone 8 to take pic­tures of them. He said be­cause it was dark the phone’s flash light also il­lu­mi­nated the area where Jac­into and his pha­lanx of body­guards were seated.

“About eight or nine body­guards con­fronted us and asked why we were tak­ing pic­tures of them and the son of the pres­i­dent. They then grabbed the phone from my friend,” he said.

Man­ganyi said when he tried to in­ves­ti­gate what the beef was about, Jac­into vi­o­lently pushed him be­fore tak­ing the cell­phone from one of the body­guards and threw it to the floor, stomped on it and dam­aged it.

“When I begged these guys to ex­plain what was re­ally go­ing on, the other body­guard told us to back off and asked us if we re­ally wanted to die for a cell­phone. They started swear­ing at us. So this guy, the son of the pres­i­dent, took some bank notes and threw them at me and said I should go fix the phone,” he said.

The medico said he then ap­proached the restau­rant’s se­cu­rity of­fi­cers and asked them for pro­tec­tion but they re­fused and said they were scared be­cause his at­tacker was the son of the Mozam­bi­can pres­i­dent.

“He then left with my cell­phone with his body­guards and got into two MercedezBenz minibuses and a white BMW. When we ap­proached the cars to write down the regis­tra­tion num­bers, some guy got out of the bus, in­tro­duced him­self as Joe and or­dered us not to come any­where near the cars or else they would shoot us,” he said.

He said Joe told them to rather fol­low them to the ritzy West­cliff ho­tel to try and re­solve the mat­ter.

He said when they ar­rived there, Joe told them Jac­into or­dered them to take his cell­phone to the in­tel­li­gence unit for foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Man­ganyi said he then left and pro­ceeded to open a case with the Parkview po­lice.

“But to date noth­ing has hap­pened. This guy dam­aged my phone and took it with. He ba­si­cally as­saulted me and threat­ened to shoot me sim­ply be­cause he thought we were tak­ing pic­tures of him. What have we done to be dis­re­spected and vi­o­lated like this in our own coun­try?” he asked.

He said he alerted the in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions min­istry and Mozam­bique em­bassy in South Africa about the in­ci­dent and was hope­ful they would as­sist him to see jus­tice hap­pen but still awaits their re­sponses.

Man­ganyi’s friend Alu­ani Nwedamutswu said he was shocked when one of Jac­into’s body­guards grabbed Man­ganyi’s phone out of his hand.

“I am the one who was tak­ing pic­tures us­ing Amo’s phone. Af­ter the body­guard took the phone from me, he gave it to Jac­into who stepped on it mul­ti­ple times. He ac­cused us of tak­ing a video of them,” he said.

Nwedamutswu said Jac­into took money out of his pocket and threw it at them and said they should use it to re­pair the phone.

Sand­ton po­lice spokesper­son Granville Meyer con­firmed that Man­ganyi opened a case and po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

At­tempts to so­licit com­ments from Jac­into proved dif­fi­cult.

In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions spokesper­son Ndi­vhuwo Mabaya could not be reached for com­ment.

A staff mem­ber at the Mozam­bique em­bassy pro­vided us with a gmail email ad­dress for ques­tions. The ques­tions had not been re­sponded to at the time of go­ing to print.

The other body­guard told us to back off and asked us if we re­ally wanted to die for a cell­phone

Florindo Filipe Jac­into Nyusi, son of Mozam­bi­can pres­i­dent al­legedly as­saulted the son of a Gaut­eng MEC.

Dr Amo­ge­lang Man­ganyi was as­saulted in a restau­rant.

A sawn-off shot­gun and a gold plated hand­gun on an In­sta­gram page that ap­pears to be that of Jac­into.

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