War of words ends with a broken jaw

2010-10-24 08:57

A senior Nelspruit attorney ended up with a broken jaw after a brutal fist fight with a Pretoria businessman in a Lowveld shopping mall.

Dennis Moeletsi is a director at Kruger-Moeletsi Incorporated, a well-known ­legal firm in the area.

It all started when Moeletsi and his wife, Busisiwe, had a heated war of words in the Ilanga Shopping Mall last Friday.

The couple were allegedly arguing over something that ­Busisiwe wanted to do later in the afternoon, according to a source who spoke to Moeletsi after the incident.

During the argument Moeletsi and his wife pushed each other around, said businessman Carlo Morelli.

Morelli, a carpet salesman, was exhibiting his carpets in the ­shopping centre on the day of the incident.

“I thought Mrs Moeletsi was possibly being (confronted) by a robber,” he said this week.

“I walked up to him (Moeletsi) and told him to calm down; he can’t behave himself this way in the shopping centre.

“He answered that it was none of my business.

“A second later Moeletsi became violent,” according to Morelli. “I ­instinctively reacted and hit him in the jaw.”

The two men engaged in a furious fist fight and Moeletsi ended up unconscious on a bench in the shopping centre.

Both men were later taken to an office by the mall’s security personnel where Moeletsi informed Morelli who he was.

Moeletsi was later admitted to a hospital in Johannesburg.

Reconstructive surgery had to be performed on his jaw, Die Laevelder, a newspaper in Nelspruit, reported.

Three assault charges have since been reported to the police by ­Moeletsi and Morelli against each other, and by Busisiwe against her husband.

On Thursday Morelli appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrates Court for the second time on a charge of assault.

Busisiwe did not respond to messages left by the reporter on her cellphone this past week.

Johann du Preez, senior director at Kruger-Moeletsi, said on Thursday that Moeletsi’s alleged actions did not at all correspond with his behaviour in the office.

“He is an absolute gentleman.”

He said that he had not yet had an opportunity to speak with Moeletsi. Only after he had spoken with him would the firm issue a statement, said Du Preez.

Moeletsi has been on sick leave for the past week and was not ­available for comment.

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