I told Mandla to shoot me first, accuser’s friend tells court

2014-05-27 15:10

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Second state witness Linda Maliwa has told the Mthatha Regional Court how Mandla Mandela allegedly kicked and stomped his friend Mlamli Ngudle in a road rage attack on the streets of Mthatha last year.

Mandla, the grandson of late former president Nelson Mandela, is on trial for allegedly assaulting and pointing a firearm at teacher Ngudle.

Maliwa was with Ngudle when the incident occurred in Sprigg Street on October 5.

When asked to identify the person who had attacked Ngudle, Maliwa told the court that Mandla was the perpetrator.

He said he believed the reason for the attack was because Ngudle almost bumped into a car of one of Mandla’s associates, but he maintained the car was never hit.

During his evidence in chief, Maliwa told the court that Ngudle almost hit the car, after which Mandla insulted Ngudle.

“[Mandla] came to the car and went to the side of the driver. He was shouting and swearing. He grabbed the car keys from the ignition. At that stage Ngudle swore at him, calling him by his mother’s private parts,” Maliwa said.

“Mandla asked Ngudle if he knew his mother [Nolusapho]. Mandla went to his car and opened the door. [Mandla] reached for his gun underneath the car seat. He took the gun out of the holster. He cocked it, put [the holster back in the car] and charged towards us,” Maliwa testified.

He said at this stage he asked Mandla to shoot him instead and leave Ngudle alone.

“I said ‘Shoot at me first’, but Mandla ignored me. He went to Ngudle, who was still sitting in the driver’s seat. He opened the door of the car. He grabbed Ngudle out of the car, pointing at him with the gun. He pulled him to the ground, a cement surface, where he repeatedly kicked and stomped him,” Maliwa told the court.

He was responding to questions from state prosecutor Jongikhaya Bhusakhwe.

Maliwa testified that Ngudle had been bleeding from the mouth and nose after the attack.

Earlier on the second day of the trial, first witness Ngudle was cross-examined by defence lawyer Advocate Collin Garvey.

Garvey pointed to what he said were inconsistencies in Ngudle’s testimony and initial statements made to the police.

Asked by Garvey if he saw beer bottles in Ngudle’s car, Maliwa, who said he did not drink alcohol, said there were no such bottles in the car.

Maliwa also disputed that Mandla had asked for Ngudle to produce his driver’s licence.

Under intense cross-examination by Garvey before the lunch break, Maliwa contradicted some of the evidence given by Ngudle earlier in court.

Asked to comment on claims by Ngudle that Maliwa drove Ngudle’s car after the altercation with Mandla, Maliwa said this could not be true because he could not drive.

Mandla, who was accompanied to court by his mother, appeared calm during proceedings and was seen chatting to his supporters from Mvezo.

The trial continues.

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