Juju’s friend arrested after ‘chasing comrades with spade’

2012-05-14 11:27

A close friend of Julius Malema and his mother spent Mothers’ Day behind bars after allegedly disrupting a meeting of the ANC’s alliance partners in Seshego, Limpopo.

Joseph “Jossie” Buthane, an ally of Malema, and his mother, Freddah Raphahlela, were arrested and charged with public violence.

Boy Mamabolo, an enemy of Malema, said he had been invited to a meeting hosted by the SA Communist Party and the SA National Civic Organisation when Buthane pulled up in his Mercedes-Benz ML and “caused chaos”.

“He opened up his boot, pulled (out) a spade and started chasing comrades around. His mother joined him, pelting people with stones in front of the police.”

Mamabolo said Buthane and his crew, which had arrived earlier, were under the impression that the meeting had been organised to discuss the replacement of councillor Alinah Malemati.

Malemati, who passed away recently, was a councillor for ward 13 in Seshego.

Said Mamabolo: “The meeting was discussing the relationship between the alliance partners.”

However, Buthane hit back at Mamabolo, saying him “and his gang of thugs” had assaulted three of his friends.

 “I was called in when three youth league members were assaulted by Boy and his group. The police were there but didn’t do anything. They also attacked me with stones and somebody handed me a spade. The police then arrested me.”

Raphahlela, said Buthane, was arrested when she questioned the police as to why they were arresting him.

“We spend many hours at the Seshego Police Station without being charged. Eventually we were charged with public violence and the intent to do grievous bodily harm”.

He said they were given bail of R1 000 each and were ordered to appear in the Polokwane Magistrates Court on Thursday.

City Press was awaiting police comment at the time of publication.

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