Dali Mpofu: They stabbed me 7 times

2014-02-12 17:11

Advocate Dali Mpofu today come face-to-face with the two men who allegedly attacked him in April last year on a beach in East London.

Giving testimony of what happened on the day, Mpofu, a lawyer at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry who recently left the ANC to join the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), told the East London Regional Court how the two, Chuma Komeni and Thulani Simon, had nearly stabbed him to death.

Showing the court a torn shirt with a huge blood stain on the chest, Mpofu said the men did not say much to him, but demanded his cellphone and money before stabbing him.

“They stabbed me seven times. There was one wound on the right side of my chest which doctors said had damaged my lungs and needed urgent operation.

“There was also another stab wound on the left side of the chest. This one, doctors said, had it been deeper, would have reached my heart and could have been fatal,” said Mpofu.

The two alleged attackers looked straight at Mpofu as he gave evidence in court and appeared calm during proceedings.

Mpofu, who was supported by a handful of EFF members in their trademark red berets, had identified the two men in an identity parade weeks after the incident.

Today, in court, Mpofu again confirmed the two were his attackers.

“Yes, I can confirm that the two young men in the dock are the ones who attacked me,” Mpofu said.

As he relived the events of the day of the attack, the Marikana lawyer, who is representing the wounded and arrested mine workers during the commission, said had it not been for the lifeguards who came to his rescue, he probably would have died.

After the court proceedings Mpofu thanked EFF supporters for standing by his side.

“We are saying that crime in this country is a problem. It is due to the corruption of this government that there is crime in the country and the reason we are here today,” he said.

He later told City Press that he was lucky to be alive and felt a sense of anger and pity when he looked at his attackers.

“It was better to come face-to-face with them in the court today than when they were trying to murder me. It’s a tragic thing to be attacked by young men, probably unemployed and prepared to take a life for a cellphone. I’m glad I lived to tell the story,” he said.

The attack took place in Mpofu’s childhood hang-out spot off East London’s popular Eastern Beach, where he was enjoying a view of the sea.

The case was postponed to February 24.

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