Ja­cob Zuma’s son knocked my tooth out

New year starts on painful note as vic­tim loses tooth

Sunday World - - Front Page - By Boi­tumelo Kgob­otlo kgob­ot­[email protected]­day­world.co.za

For­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s step­son Sibonelo may face the law af­ter he was im­pli­cated in pum­melling a fel­low party-goer at a New Year’s Eve event at the Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium in Dur­ban.

Sibonelo, the son of Zuma’s fifth wife Thobeka Madiba-Zuma, is ac­cused of hit­ting Vuka Hlangu with a bot­tle and knock­ing one of his teeth out dur­ing an early morn­ing skir­mish. Sibonelo how­ever de­nies the al­le­ga­tions.

Po­lice spokesper­son Nqo­bile Gwala con­firmed that a case of as­sault with in­tent to do griev­ous bod­ily harm had been opened at the Dur­ban Cen­tral po­lice sta­tion.

“The com­plainant al­leged that on Jan­uary 1 2019 at 4am, he was at­tend­ing an event at Peo­ple’s Park with his friends when he had an ar­gu­ment with a known sus­pect. The sus­pect as­saulted him on the face and he sus­tained in­juries,” Gwala said.

Ac­cord­ing to Hlangu, a fight broke out when he took a chair from Sibonelo’s crowd so that his wife could sit on it.

“I was with my wife and friends, so I wanted to get her a chair. I saw va­cant chairs and asked the lady sit­ting next to them if I could take one for my wife and she agreed.

“But this guy came and started in­tim­i­dat­ing me. He kept ask­ing me if I knew him,” he said.

Hlangu said he had re­alised that he had seen Sibonelo be­fore but did not know he was Zuma’s son. “But be­ing Zuma’s son doesn’t mean he had the right to beat me up,” he said.

Hlangu said he had tried to re­main po­lite through­out the drama be­cause he did not want to em­bar­rass his wife but Sibonelo would have none of it and con­tin­ued yelling and swear­ing at him.

“The in­tim­i­da­tion grew into a fight. He punched me sev­eral times. When bounc­ers re­alised that there was an ar­gu­ment, they came to throw us out and that’s when he hit me with a glass. I can­not tell if it was a beer bot­tle or just a glass but he hit me with it,” he said.

Sibonelo de­nied al­le­ga­tions against him, say­ing he, in fact, was try­ing to stop the brawl.

He con­firmed that an ar­gu­ment erupted at his ta­ble but claimed that he did not as­sault any­one and shifted the blame to a “friend and col­league”.

He gave the iden­tity of the friend but could not pro­vide this pub­li­ca­tion with his con­tact de­tails to get his side of the story. “I was there when it hap­pened but I was only try­ing to stop the fight. I am not the one who beat that man up.

“I even told the in­ves­tiga­tive of­fi­cer that I was not the one that punched that guy but a guy who was at my ta­ble did. I would feel highly of­fended if my name gets pub­lished,” he said.

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