Zuma’s nephew acquitted of assault, pointing gun

2012-09-03 00:00

A NEPHEW of President Jacob Zuma, Inkosi Simphiwe Eric Zuma of the Nxamalala Tribal Authority, was acquitted by the Impendle Magistrate’s Court of assault and pointing a firearm on Friday.

Inkosi Zuma (45), of Nzinga area in Impendle, had been accused of assaulting Vusumuzi Ndlovu with intent to do grievous bodily harm and pointing a firearm in December 2010.

Ndlovu (34) alleged that he was assaulted by Zuma as he walked with his girlfriend, holding her hand.

He said a car stopped next to them and the driver shouted at them that they were not allowed to walk in that manner in the area.

When Ndlovu inquired who he was, the man answered that he was traditional leader of Impendle and walking holding hands was not allowed in his area as it was considered disrespectful.

Zuma became angry and confronted Ndlovu when he replied he only knew the late Inkosi Tebello Molefe as the inkosi of the area.

Zuma allegedly said Ndlovu was disrespectful and hit him with a firearm on his forehead.

In his evidence, Zuma said Ndlovu and his girlfriend had been kissing when he stopped next to them. He said Ndlovu drew a knife and he had retaliated by pointing a gun at him and pressing it against his forehead.

Magistrate T.P. Qwabe acquitted Zuma, saying Ndlovu’s injuries were inconsistent with his version of events.

The state had also failed to lead evidence from a doctor on the nature and extent of the injuries.

Ndlovu’s mother, Ntombi Ndlovu, said she would ask the state to appeal the judgment.

Zuma said he had been vindicated by the law.

“They should have respect in the areas of amakhosi [traditional leaders],” he said.

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