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Constable Henry du Rand of Malmesbury police station confirmed the incident. He said that Verbiest was arrested on 14 May, charged and appeared before Malmesbury Magistrate Court on 15 May 2017.

Du Rand said: “The case has been postponed until the complainant was released from hospital. The case was again reviewed by the National Prosecuting Authority and it was decided that the investigator, Constable Nondabula, will interview the complainant and also get from him the medical report of what injuries he sustained during the incident. An interview was being done with the complainant at his home in Cape Town but up until now the complainant cannot produce any medical report. The case is still under investigation and the complainant will testify as soon as the NPA decide on a date.”

Eric Ntabazalila, Regional Communications Manager National Prosecuting Authority, said the NPA was awaiting the J88 [medical report] and a ballistics report on the bullet. “The matter is under investigation and charges were provisionally withdrawn pending finalisation of the investigation. Once the investigation is finalised, the charges of attempted murder, illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition will be reinstated,” he said.

But Mambjinja insists that the police have never followed up on his case, and because of his injuries he has not been able to get to the police station in Malmesbury himself. His cousin has been calling the police but with no result, he says.

GroundUp contacted Verbiest via Facebook. He gave us his contact number, but didn’t reply to this. Nor did he reply to e-mails.

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