DA chairperson assaulted in Eshowe

2012-11-05 00:00

THE chairperson of the Democratic Alliance’s Eshowe branch was assaulted after the Nkandla visit, when several men who had alighted from an ANC-chartered bus threatened him and forcibly removed his party T-shirt.

Erick Mlotshwa said he was waiting for a taxi in Eshowe after being dropped off by the DA delegation.

About 20 men got off the bus and demanded he remove his DA T-shirt, he said. They threatened to harm him if he did not.

“One of them, wearing an MK uniform, was carrying a sjambok. He threatened to hit me with it. He demanded I remove my T-shirt. I took it off and he grabbed it out of my hands.” The men then left.

Mlotshwa said he recognised them as ANC members who had been at Nkandla. “We had passed the bus [chartered by the ANC] from uThungulu on the road back from Nkandla. We got back to Eshowe [on the DA bus] and I stood outside Shoprite to catch a taxi home. These men got off the bus and came across,” he said.

Earlier, in Nkandla, a DA activist from the area, Malenja Shange, had arrived at the police station to greet Helen Zille. But he was wary of speaking to the press. He said that it was dangerous to organise for the party in Nkandla.

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