Suspect ‘not ANCYL member’

2010-02-02 00:00

A 30-YEAR-OLD man, Bheki Shange, appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with charges of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and public violence arising from a fracas at Wembley Mews in Town Hill at the weekend.

He was granted bail of R500 by the magistrate, Ntsoaki Ndawonde, who adjourned the case until February 22 for further investigation.

The incident allegedly occurred on Friday night and the early hours of Saturday.

Shange, whose address is given as Elandskop, near Mncane School, faces a charge of assaulting Inspector Imran Shaik by “pushing and punching him”; resisting arrest by “obstructing” Shaik, punching him and refusing to go into a police van; and public violence.

The charge sheet alleges in connection with the last count that Shange and a group of “about 30” other people caused a disturbance, “saying that no one can do anything to them because they are ANC Youth League members”.

However, the secretary for the ANCYL in the Moses Mabhida region, Sandile Gabela, told The Witness yesterday that Shange is not a card-carrying member of the ANC and is not on any of the ANCYL structures.

Local residents told The Witness at the weekend that partygoers had become unruly, played their music at full volume and pushed residents around when they were asked to reduce the noise levels.

When police were called, some members of the group became aggressive and shouted and screamed at people, asking if they knew who they were.

They allegedly said they were ANCYL members and that there was nothing anyone could do to them.

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