ANC members allegedly assault DA man

2014-06-03 00:00

THE battle for next month’s by-elections in two wards in Chatsworth turned nasty over the weekend with the police being asked to investigate assault and crimen injuria charges.

On Saturday during voter registration for Ward 73 at AYS Memorial Primary School, the DA claimed that its representative Sivanandha Dennis had been attacked by ANC members.

Chris Pappas, DA community operations manager in the South Durban constituency, said three women and men in the company of Logan Chetty, the ANC’s ward 33 candidate, insulted and assaulted Dennis.

“They did this in full view of Mr Chetty and he did not bother to intervene. During the attack, the group banged Dennis’s head against a pole and he suffered an asthma attack. I rushed him to the R.K. Khan Hospital where he was treated and discharged. The next day, I took him to the police station to lodge an assault charge against his assailants,” said Pappas.

Dennis could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Logan Chetty said the DA had too much time on their hands and very little to do.

“This is just a smear campaign. I did not witness any attack. I was there but there was no attack,” he said.

In a separate incident at the same ward, the DA claimed that Visvin Reddy allegedly tore a full registration sheet of voter details from a clipboard held by another of one of their members, Prenelle Reddy.

Prenelle Reddy said she did not want to talk about the incident.

Visvin Reddy said he was perplexed by the allegations as he was not even at the ward.

He said that he had only heard about “some fight”.

Sizwe Mchunu, DA provincial leader, said the incidents had been reported to the IEC.

The IEC’s provincial spokesperson Mawethu Mosery could not be reached for comment.

Bheki Ntshangase, ANC eThekwini regional secretary, said he was not aware of the allegations and that he would investigate.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed that assault and crimen injuria charges were being investigated.

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