ANC members allegedly assault DA man

2014-06-03 00:00

THE battle for next month’s by-elections in two wards in Chatsworth turned nasty over the weekend with the police being asked to investigate assault and crimen injuria charges.

On Saturday during voter registration for Ward 73 at AYS Memorial Primary School, the DA claimed that its representative Sivanandha Dennis had been attacked by ANC members.

Chris Pappas, DA community operations manager in the South Durban constituency, said three women and men in the company of Logan Chetty, the ANC’s ward 33 candidate, insulted and assaulted Dennis.

“They did this in full view of Mr Chetty and he did not bother to intervene. During the attack, the group banged Dennis’s head against a pole and he suffered an asthma attack. I rushed him to the R.K. Khan Hospital where he was treated and discharged. The next day, I took him to the police station to lodge an assault charge against his assailants,” said Pappas.

Dennis could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Logan Chetty said the DA had too much time on their hands and very little to do.

“This is just a smear campaign. I did not witness any attack. I was there but there was no attack,” he said.

In a separate incident at the same ward, the DA claimed that Visvin Reddy allegedly tore a full registration sheet of voter details from a clipboard held by another of one of their members, Prenelle Reddy.

Prenelle Reddy said she did not want to talk about the incident.

Visvin Reddy said he was perplexed by the allegations as he was not even at the ward.

He said that he had only heard about “some fight”.

Sizwe Mchunu, DA provincial leader, said the incidents had been reported to the IEC.

The IEC’s provincial spokesperson Mawethu Mosery could not be reached for comment.

Bheki Ntshangase, ANC eThekwini regional secretary, said he was not aware of the allegations and that he would investigate.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed that assault and crimen injuria charges were being investigated.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.