Demoted councillor charged

2009-11-20 00:00

THE uMngeni Municipality speaker who was demoted after being found guilty of housing fraud is embroiled in yet another scandal.

Surya Pillay, whose rank has been reduced to that of an ordinary councillor, was arrested almost two weeks ago and charged with assault after a scuffle broke out between her, one of her relatives and five youngsters in Howick West.

Julian Perumal is one of the five youngsters who alleges that Pillay and one of her family members assaulted him. He told The Witness that he and his friends were sitting on the pavement drinking when Pillay drove towards them and repeatedly tried to run into them.

When he and his friends swore at her, Pillay called the police who reprimanded them and told them to go home, Perumal alleged.

When they reached Perumal’s residence, Pillay and her relative were lying in wait and proceeded to assault them, alleged Perumal.

“She broke a broom and a mop over my head and her [relative] took out a knife and stabbed me. My head is still sore and I’ve got marks all over my body,” said Perumal.

He told The Witness his injuries were not serious enough to warrant a stay in hospital. He alleged that this was not an isolated incident. He claimed they were repeatedly verbally abused by Pillay and her relative, and her conduct was unbecoming of an ANC councillor.

Pillay disputed the allegations, claiming she was the one who was being victimised.

“I was defending myself against five drunken boys who attacked me. They intimidated me, harrassed me and called me names, then they go around trying to discredit me,” she said.

She said she had called the police on numerous occassions to complain about the boys’ unruly behaviour, but the problem was ongoing.

“I’m an ANC councillor who helps people in the community, yet these boys continue to worry me and throw objects at me,” she said.

SAPS spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan said two cases had been opened. Pillay had opened a case against the boys, while Perumal had opened a case against Pillay and her relative, she said.

All those involved in the scuffle were arrested, released with warnings and appeared in court last Friday, Jeevan said.

They are all set to appear in court again on December 1.

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