Chaos at ward committee elections

2011-08-15 00:00

FORMER Msunduzi deputy mayor Jabu Ngubo was taken in for questioning by the Plessislaer police yesterday morning amidst allegations that she assaulted a Sweetwaters resident during the chaotic meeting to elect the Ward one committee at the weekend.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan confirmed yesterday that Ngubo and Sweetwaters resident

Chaos at ward committee elections Londiwe Sikhakhane (28) were taken in for questioning yesterday after both laid charges of assault against each other following a community meeting to elect a ward committee, held at Laduma sports ground in Mpumuza on Saturday.

“Because counter charges were opened, police will refer the matter to the deputy public prosecutor for a decision,” Jeevan said.

Sikhakhane told The Witness she was at a meeting when chaos broke out between her group and Ngubo’s.

“While my group was singing, opposing the election of ward committee members, Ngubo came to me and scratched my face with her nails and started to assault me.

“Members from her group also assaulted me with fists and open hands.

“One man from her group [name withheld] hit me in the back with a knobkerrie,” Sikhakhane said.

Sikhakhane opened the case against Ngubo on Saturday evening and said she was astonished yesterday when she was told that she was also being charged when she accompanied police to Ngubo’s house.

Another Ward one resident, Sinqobile Mkhize (27), said his finger was cut when he blocked a knife from a member of Ngubo’s group who was trying to stab him. Mkhize also opened a case with the Plessislaer police.

Ngubo denied that she assaulted anyone. She confirmed that she opened a counter case against a group of people including that of the woman who claimed that she assaulted her.

The elections of ward committees in many areas of Msunduzi were marred by complaints similar to those during the nomiation of ANC council candidates.

In Ward 34, Eastwood, people said they were not told to bring their IDs to be allowed to vote.

In Ward 35, Sobantu, some residents complained that they were not part of the nomination process, but ward councillor Thandi Matiwane insisted that all areas were visited during this process.

ANC provincial spokesperson Makhosi Khoza declined to comment, saying the ANC was still collecting information.

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