Intimidation: four strike-linked cases come to court

2010-09-03 00:00

SINCE the start of the public service strike, the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court has dealt with four cases of alleged intimidation.

The Witness established that on August 24, Lephakga Molefe and Siphiwe Ngcweni appeared in court in connection with allegations that they were involved in preventing vehicles from entering the Economic Development and Tourism Department and that they chased away employees who arrived at work on foot.

On the same day, Nicholas Mkhize and Nokuthula Mthembe were charged for allegedly preventing two employees of the Education Department from going to work and warning them to join the strike.

On August 27, Owen Zithulele was charged with accosting employees at Grey’s Hospital, and on August 30, Nonhlanhla Mjwara, Muzi Shange and Sbongiseni Shange were accused of going to the home of a person whom they threatened to kill after he had warned them not to go to work during the strike.

The accused are all on bail or on warning and the hearing have been adjourned for further investigation.


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