Police investigating Limpopo ANCYL brawl

2011-12-13 12:43

An investigation into a brawl between ANC Youth League members at a tavern in Seshego near Polokwane in Limpopo at the weekend is under way, police said today.

Warrant Officer Mothemane Malefo said a case had been opened, but no arrests were made.

“The matter is still being investigated, but I have no details on it,” he said.

The Star newspaper reported yesterday that several “associates” of suspended youth league president Julius Malema, including ANC Youth League provincial secretary Jacob Lebogo, had confronted members who had mounted posters of Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba on lamp posts near the home of Malema’s grandmother on Sunday.

Masoga was expelled by Malema last year. He was elected deputy president of the Polokwane branch of the ANC in October.

One of Malema’s associates, Josias Buthane, later found one of Malema’s rivals in the tavern and allegedly slapped him, the newspaper reported.

The Polokwane ANC secretary Boiki Tsedu as well as another member, Pepe Chere, then arrived and allegedly pointed a gun at Buthane’s head.

“Even with a gun pointed at my forehead, I fought them,” Buthane said.

He later laid a charge against Chere and Tsedu.

Malema told the newspaper that his grandmother had called him to complain about people chanting in front of her gate, but he denied sending his associates to assault the members.

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