Radebe denies looking for plot of land for daughter

2014-10-03 00:00

THE deputy speaker in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature, Meshack Radebe, denies that he was looking for a plot of land in Mpumuza for his daughter when he was caught up in a family feud last week.

This follows a claim made by members of the Zondi clan that he was in Mpumuza at the time to mark out a plot for his daughter. The meeting between Radebe and traditional leaders Sipho Qoma and Thinasonke Ntombela, who were inspecting the land, was interrupted when the latter two were set upon by a group alleged to be members of the Zondi family.

“We were ambushed by the group of men. They just attacked izinduna [Qoma and Ntombela] without asking why we were there. My daughter was also assaulted and threatened with a firearm, but I am not going to open a case about that as I don’t want to be seen as taking sides in this Zondi family feud. But if called as a witness in a court of law, I will give evidence,” said Radebe, adding he was asked by Chief Nsikayezwe Zondi to inspect the land as he is planning for community development projects to be built on the site.

“I was the MEC for Agriculture when iNkosi [Zondi] asked [for my help]. On Wednesday I went there because I had time, but I was welcomed by that fight which was something I did not expect. I can’t believe that there are people who behave like that …” said Radebe.

Councillor Dolo Zondi, leader of the IFP caucus in the Msunduzi Municipality and his co-accused — Zakhele Zondi, Zikhali Zondi, Thulebona Zondi, Sinothile Zondi and Thokozani Zondi were arrested and released on R300 bail each for assault and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm in connection with the September 24 incident.

The matter will be back in court on November 3.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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