MEC in ugly spat with victim’s dad

2013-11-07 08:49

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Gauteng community safety MEC Faith Mazibuko was caught in a confrontation with the father of a teenager who was found dead in Eldorado Park, south of Johannesburg.

Sandy Maharla (18) was last seen on Friday when her mother sent her to the shops. Her remains were found on Sunday morning.

Marvin Steenkamp arrived at the family’s home as Mazibuko, who was visiting the family, was about to leave, The Star reported today.

Steenkamp said he worked for the National Intelligence Agency and wanted to know what was going on, shouting he was the father.

A confrontation between the two ensued and Mazibuko accused him of harrasment.

“You are out of order. As much as you are the biological father, you have no right to harass the family and the police,” Mazibuko reportedly said.

He responded: “Yes, I am out of order. You come here and make allegations against me. Did I murder my child? Don’t talk nonsense with me.”

The two pointed fingers at each other and the argument heated up. Some people tried to pull Mazibuko away.

Another relative, Jocelyn Balston, joined in and defended Steenkamp, reportedly swearing at Mazibuko then chasing everyone out.

Mazibuko said she was going to get a restraining order against Steenkamp to ensure he does not interfere with the investigation.

A man accused of the murder was handed to the police on Monday, but will be released due to a lack of evidence.

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