Councillor's ears weren't cut off - ANC Mpumalanga

2016-03-22 19:20
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Nelspruit - The ANC in Mpumalanga's Ehlanzeni district has denied reports that one of its councillors had his ears cut off during a heated community meeting at the weekend.

"There's no ear that has been cut off. I visited [the councillor] in hospital on the same day. He is recovering very well," the district's regional secretary Phazamisa Mathe told News24 on Tuesday.

The New Age had reported that ANC councillor and mayoral committee member Bheki Zulu had had both his ears sliced off with a knife during what the newspaper described as a heated community meeting to elect a ward councillor in KaNyamazane Ward 20 on Sunday.

The ANC's provincial secretary Mandla Ndlovu reportedly told the newspaper that a disgruntled group at the meeting had resorted to the violent act after it lost out on electing its preferred ward councillor.

"The group that cut his ears lost and they resorted to violence," he reportedly said.

On Tuesday, Mathe confirmed that there had been instances of violence at the meeting but declined to divulge what had happened.

"We as the ANC are against any violence," he said.

Mathe declined to provide clarity on what injuries Zulu had sustained which led to him being admitted to hospital.

"We are doing an investigation. We need to thoroughly investigate what happened. It is an internal process. The issue is being taken care of by the ANC," he said.

Mathe said no further details would be divulged until the party had received the outcome of the internal investigation.

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