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ANCYL man's assault trial struck off roll

2012-03-22 15:57

Johannesburg - The assault trial against ANC Youth League Limpopo member Clifford Mohloana was struck off the roll in the Polokwane Regional Court on Thursday.

Mohloana allegedly assaulted freelance journalist Chester Makana during the ANC’s provincial elective conference in December.

Magistrate Pasquale found that there was insufficient evidence to proceed.

"The State has said during the previous appearance it will be ready for trial today and now we have been here for two hours and the State still asks for a postponement to do further investigations," defence attorney Tumi Mokoena told the court earlier.

"It means the State is still not ready," he said in requesting that the matter be struck.

State prosecutor Melvin Mathaba had asked for a postponement to allow police to submit video footage showing the assault of Makana and the medical certificate detailing his injuries.

Makana later said he was unhappy with the police's shabby investigation.

"There is sufficient evidence which they failed to bring to court. Two witnesses were not even contacted by police," he said. Mohloana's attorney Mokoena said it was clear the State had no case against his client.

"We were ready for trial and the State is not ready. They must go back and do further investigations and call us again," Mokoena said.

Mohloana allegedly hit Makana on the head with a brick.

At the time, Makana was investigating allegations that fake voting cards were being manufactured to be used by delegates in the elective conference.

Comments
  • Throw - 2012-03-22 16:10

    Looks like the police had his back. It's a pity that their reputation means nothing to them.

  • Gavin - 2012-03-22 16:27

    it's amazing how many cases the 'state' hasn't prepared for - and how many crimes go unpunished as a result..why should they fear the law, it means nothing to them..

      Jeremy - 2012-03-22 16:38

      It's the way the CancER party get to retain some level of control until the Secrecy bill and the constitution is changed to suit their need to dominate everything absolutely. I understand that on the off chance that Jesus does return, they have issued s warrant for his immediate arrest and incarceration. If he is White then they will crucify him for defying them. If he is black they will suspend him on full pay somewhere distant and out of touch with the people!!!!!

  • Sika - 2012-03-22 16:36

    lol the justice system is a joke

  • Thilivhali - 2012-03-22 16:36

    It looks like the police are bought on this one, no evidence when the whole assault was on SABC News for everyone to see? I give up on SA justice system.

      DAKENI - 2012-03-22 17:22

      That is why even hardened criminals are walking our streets. SAPS are quick to open cases but lazy to invesitigate. justicd for anc croocks. now I rest my case

  • Kala - 2012-03-22 16:37

    Makana, Mokoena, Mathaba, Mohloana... Ma ma Mia. Another case of video evidence being insufficient. I had heard that justice was blind but this is rediculous

      Shirley - 2012-03-22 17:25

      Its called selective blindness and is very common in South Africa. Seems to be REALY prevalent in high ranking officials. No known medical cure.

  • Shirley - 2012-03-22 16:42

    They will say it was dark,they couldnt see the witness list!It seems like all other government departments the police cannot manage to do their jobs!!! Anc-the 12 mil you spent on birthday celebrations you could have bought these poor officers paper and pen so they could summons witnesses! For goodness sake get it together!

  • Linda - 2012-03-22 17:05

    Why is anyone suprised? Surely you know that the law only applies to non ANC supporters?!

  • Kevin - 2012-03-22 17:44

    So many thugs in the Police. So many thugs in the anc

  • Azande - 2012-03-22 18:56

    I dont whether to cry or laugh. I will do a combination of both a little bit later.

  • Kevin - 2012-03-23 08:17

    The Police are incompetant. They do not know how to investigate, they are lazy and know nothing about the law. Slowly they are becoming ZANUPFed, nothing but an armed militia for the powers that be in the ruling party.

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