Dali Mpofu in a serious condition after mugging on East London beach

2013-04-12 00:00

FARLAM commission lawyer and former SABC chief executive Dali Mpofu survived a mugging in which he was stabbed twice while walking on a notorious strech of a popular beach in East London.

He was reportedly in a serious but stable condition at a local hospital last night.

Eastern Cape police spokesperson Brigadier Marinda Mills confirmed that Mpofu was a victim of a mugging at about 3 pm near the popular Eastern Beach.

“The exact place of incident is the beach area between the Eastern Beach and the Nahoon Reef,” Mills said, referring to a spot that is known for muggings.

“It is alleged that he was approached by two assailants who robbed him of his personal belongings,” she said, adidng that the robbers made off with Mpofu’s wallet, cellphone and keys.

Pressed about circumstances surrounding the incident, she said the information was sketchy and it was hoped the investigation would shed more light.

“He sustained stab wounds in the upper and lower body and was rushed to a hospital in East London. He is in a serious but stable condition.”

Although she declined to name the hospital, it is believed that he was rushed to St Dominics, a private hospital.

The hospital would not confirm he was admitted there.

Mills said no arrests had been made by the time of going to the press.

Mpofu represented families of the 34 slain miners and arrested mineworkers in the Marikana commission of inquiry.

He also represented expellled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema during his disciplinary hearings, ruffling many political feathers in the process.

Last night the Marikana commission spokesperson, Tshepo Mahlangu, said they were not aware of the incident.

“We will work with the law enforcement agencies to find out what happened and try to get to the truth of what happened,” Mahlangu said.

He said the commission did not know whether there was a connection between the attack on Mpofu and the killing two weeks ago of the sangoma who allgedly gave muti to the Marikana miners.

Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, who represents families of the victims at the commission, expressed shock at the attack on Mpofu.

“We hope the police will investigate thoroughly and quickly establish whether this is an act of criminality or is associated with any other thing,” Ntsebeza said.

ANC national spokesperson Jackson Mthembu condemned the incident.

• mayibongwe.maqhina@witness.co.za

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