DA candidate’s mother ‘assaulted with blunt object’

2011-04-26 07:24

The elderly mother of a Democratic Alliance (DA) candidate in Potchefstroom was allegedly assaulted in what has been described by the party as a politically fuelled attack.

Chris Hattingh, DA provincial leader, said Nomoya Makhunga (54), the mother of DA candidate Jabulani Makhunga, was assaulted in Ward 18, Ikageng, at around 7pm on Monday.

“The incident allegedly happened when the involved parties were watching a soccer match at a house in Ikageng,” Hattingh said.

According to Hattingh, the victim is alleged to have told her attackers that she would be a DA member until she died which then angered her attackers who said “they would assist her with that”.

“They stated that if she and her son did not stop supporting the Democratic Alliance they would kill her and burn down her house,” Juanita Terblanche, Member of Parliament and DA’s mayoral candidate for Potchefstroom said.

“When she refused to succumb to their threats and arguments they started physically assaulting her.”

Nomoya, who was allegedly assaulted with a blunt object, was taken to the Potchefstroom Provincial Hospital.

Her medical report stated: “Findings are in keeping with soft tissue trauma to the left eye, most likely due to blunt-force trauma.”

Hattingh said the suspects were alleged to have made racially charged statements and also accused the victim of bringing white people to the townships.

He said a case of assault and intimidation against the individuals involved was opened and the suspected perpetrators were also identified.

“We will be following up the case this morning when a lot of people are expected to be back from the Easter holidays,” Hattingh said.

Hattingh said the woman’s attackers had a clear political motive and the DA would be taking the matter up with the Independent Electoral Commission.

“This is one of the many incidents of intimidation that takes place around Ikageng. We have incidents where our election posters are removed at night and our members are quick to let us know when that happens.”

The DA increased its presence in Ikageng while the ANC is battling to contain the damage done to its election campaign after failing to nominate candidates in seven wards, including in Ikageng.

Efforts to get hold of Ikageng’s police spokesperson were unsuccessful.

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