Madiba taught us good morals, decency – Mandla Mandela

2014-10-16 16:45

Mandla Mandela, who faces assault and gun-pointing charges, today referred to his late grandfather in his bid to clear his name.

Under cross-examination by senior state prosecutor Jongikhaya Busakhwe today, Mandla said he comes from a very humble family and that former president Nelson Mandela had taught him good morals and decency.

Busakhwe had asked Mandla about why he had an altercation with the complainant, Mlamli Ngudle, instead of calling the police after the alleged road rage incident.

The Mvezo chief said he was trying to help Ngudle realise his mistake.

This was after Ngudle had allegedly bumped into a vehicle driven by Mandla’s guests.

Mandla said as an ANC MP whose constituency was in Mthatha, he felt duty bound to reason with Ngudle instead of calling the police.

“I come from a humble home, where my late grandfather, the late former president Nelson Mandela, taught us good morals and decency. My late grandfather was my role model and he taught us to be good to other people and to be selfless,” said Mandla.

Mandla denied hitting Ngudle because he had insulted him, but claimed that he had done so in self-defence because the complainant had tried to attack him.

The trial continues tomorrow.

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