Mandla Mandela ‘road rage’ case to be handed over to NPA

2013-10-18 16:09

Mandla Mandela, the grandson of former president Nelson Mandela, is yet to answer before court for pointing a firearm and assaulting a man in Mthatha in an apparent road rage incident.

Today, Mthatha police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela said a statement had been taken from Mandla by the investigating officers.

Fatyela could not confirm whether the Mvezo chief had been formally charged or when the statement was taken.

On Sunday, City Press reported how Mandla played cat and mouse with investigating officers in Mthatha last Friday as they attempted to get a statement from him.

He kept changing the venues for the meeting with police until they gave up. An arrangement was made for him to give his side of the story on Sunday.

Fatyela said the case will soon be handed over to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for a decision.

Fatyela said investigators were awaiting a statement from one outstanding witness before they can conclude their investigation and hand over the docket to the NPA.

“We are still going to take one more statement from another witness. We will then hand over the case for a decision,” said Fatyela.

Last week, Mandla’s lawyers said they would cooperate with the police.

A case of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and pointing of a firearm was opened against Mandla, an ANC MP, at Madeira Police Station in Mthatha.

The case was opened by Mlamli Ngudle (44) who alleges that Mandla assaulted and pointed a gun at him after he had allegedly bumped into a car belonging to Mandla’s business associates.

In a statement, Mandla denied assaulting or pointing a gun at Ngudle and accused him of being drunk, rude and noncooperative during the altercation, which happened in Sprigg Street, Mthatha, two weeks ago.

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