Mandla Mandela found guilty of assault in road rage incident

2015-03-31 15:33

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Mandla Mandela has been found guilty of assault and grievous bodily harm by the Mthatha Magistrates’ Court.

The complainant, Mlami Ngudle, accused Nelson Mandela’s grandson of assualting him on the streets of Mthatha in 2013.

State witness, Lwandile Madala, testified about how he saw Mandla taking his firearm from his car before pointing it at his victim in an apparent road rage incident.

Madala said the altercation happened after he heard Mandla asking Ngudle, a teacher in Mthatha, why he had insulted him and made reference to his mother’s private parts.

This was after Ngudle had nearly bumped into a vehicle belonging to Mandla’s associates at Mthatha’s Sprigg Street on October 5 2013.

Under cross-examination by senior state prosecutor Jongikhaya Busakhwe in October last year, Mandla said he comes from a very humble family and that Madiba had taught him good morals and decency.

Busakhwe asked Mandla why he had an altercation with Ngudle instead of calling the police after the alleged incident.

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

Another witness said he saw Mandla kicking Ngudle and beating him.

“He was kicking him on the face while he [Ngudle] lay on the floor,” the witness the court last year.

News24 reported today that Magistrate Noluthando Conjwa said there were contradictions to both versions of events, but it did not warrant a dismissal.

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