Councillor arrested for assault

2010-12-21 00:00

WARD 10 councillor in Msunduzi Municipality Musawenkosi Mchunu was arrested by police from Plessislaer police station yesterday on a charges of alleged assault and malicious damage to property.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said Mchunu was released from custody and issued with a warning to appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court today.

Mchunu was arrested for allegedly assaulting Sthembiso Mlaba and damaging his car on Friday. The victim subsequently went to Northdale Hospital for a medical examination, before going to the Plessislaer police station to lay charges against Mchunu on Saturday.

Mlaba said: “I was assaulted by the ward councillor with friends when I went inquire about my car that was scratched by his nephew. They beat me up and damaged my car because I am related to Nana Mlaba, who is seen as a threat to Mchunu’s plan to retain his position as a councillor.

“My uncle basically stated publicly that he does not support Mchunu as a candidate because that is what the community want. We have no problem with Mchunu, I do not know why they beat me up, because I am not even involved in politics,” said Mlaba.

His uncle, Mlaba, said he was not happy with the Plessislaer police station, accusing the police in that precinct of favouritism because they did not keep Mchunu in the holding cells until his court appearance today.

“Just because Mchunu is a councillor does it mean that he can not be incarcerated like everyone who commits such violent crimes, this is definitely not fair,” said Mlaba.

When The Witness spoke to Mchunu, he denied the allegations, saying that this is just another smear campaign aimed at destroying his image.

The councillor said that similar attempts to defame his character were made in the run-up to the 2006 local government elections when it was alleged that he was a criminal.

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