Mpumalanga showdown

2011-02-21 09:40

The gloves are off as Mpumalanga’s Mbombela mayor, Lassy Chiwayo, and provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Thulani Ntombela laid criminal charges against each other over the past four days.

Ntombela started the showdown on Friday when he accused Chiwayo of defamation of character for allegedly saying the top cop was protecting certain individuals in the province.Today, Chiwayo also laid charges against Ntombela of defamation of character, crimen injuria, defeating the ends of justice and intimidation.

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Lindela Mashigo said today the allegations that Chiwayo made had cast doubts on Ntombela’s leadership.

“All the police in this province look up to the commissioner. Therefore, the mayor will have to provide evidence to prove his claims and as to who he was referring to will be revealed by the investigation,” Mashigo said.

Chiwayo could not immediately be reached for comment as his phone rang unanswered.

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