Man alleges candidate’s followers broke his arm with machete in fight over nominations

2011-03-23 00:00

ONGOING turmoil in KwaDambuza surrounding ANC nominations has led to a criminal case being opened against Mtuza Mkhize, the ANC’s chosen candidate, by a resident who alleged that his arm was broken when he was hit with a machete on Sunday.

Melusi Hlatshwayo (41), who is a correctional officer at Pietermaritzburg’s new prison, alleged that he was trying to break up a fight during a meeting at the Sakhamuzi Hall to confirm Mkhize as the candidate when Mkhize’s patrons attacked another resident.

Hlatshwayo said he prefers Sandile Ngcobo as a candidate and alleged that Mkhize does not even live in KwaDambuza, but near Slangspruit.

“One of (Mkhize’s) followers tried to hit me on the head with a machete, but I blocked and the machete broke a bone on my left arm. I ran as they were chasing me and kept hitting me,” Hlatshwayo said.

Hlatshwayo alleged that PEC member and KZN Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo witnessed the assault, but slipped away under protection of bodyguards.

Dhlomo was deployed in the meeting to announce the ANC PEC’s decision to appoint Mkhize as the ward candidate.

Hlatshwayo took refuge at a nearby house where he had parked, and police were called.

Mkhize, yesterday said he was in a meeting and could not talk, said he knows nothing about the allegations made by Hlatshwayo.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan confirmed that a case of attempted murder was opened. She said that no arrests had been made yesterday but arrests were imminent.

Hlatshwayo was taken to Medi-Clinic where pins were inserted into his arm.

ANC provincial spokesperson Dr Makhosi Khoza said the ANC strongly condemns violence and will investigate the claims.

Khoza added that rather than slipping away, Dhlomo went to call the police, and commended him for this.

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