Gun pointed in ANC rivalry

2010-12-22 00:00

MUD-SLINGING by members of the African National Congress in Ward 10 in KwaPata has taken an nasty turn with violent confrontations between contenders and their supporters in the run-up to the election of a new councillor.

The Witness learnt yesterday that Skhumbuzo Nxumalo allegedly had a gun pointed at him by a person who accused him of assault and damage to property. The name of the person is known to The Witness.

Nxumalo said, “I was paid a visit by [the accuser] on Saturday and he pointed a gun at me.

“I have no idea what he was talking about because I did not do any of things that he accused me of.

“My only sin is that I am supporting Msunduzi Municipality councillor Musawenkosi Mchunu to retain his position in the next year’s local government elections,” said Nxumalo.

He said the accused ran away from the area because he is hiding from the police who want to arrest him for pointing a firearm.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan confirmed that a case of pointing a firearm has been opened but that no arrests have been made.

She said police are continuing with the investigation.

Meanwhile, Mchunu (38) and two co-accused, Bongumusa Zuma (34) and Nxumalo (25), appeared briefly in the magistrate’s court yesterday. The trio are charged with assaulting Sthembiso Mlaba by “hitting him with clenched fists and kicking him with booted feet” in the Azalea area on December 17, and of maliciously damaging the right-hand door of his motor car.

Mlaba claims Mchunu assaulted him because he is related to Nana Mlaba, who is seen as a likely contender in the ward election.

They were not asked to plead to any charges and the case was postponed to January 28 to enable the accused to arrange legal representation.


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