Nine on trial for Horseshoe violence

2016-05-27 06:00

THE trial of nine community members, accused of throwing stones at a ward committee’s house in Horseshoe, began last Thursday at the Kokstad Magistrate’s Court.

Ward committee member Maggie Njangwini (50) opened a case of damage to property after her RDP house windows were damaged by a group of people in January.

The attack occurred on the evening of January 25. On the same day, a community meeting, which was about to elect a ward councillor, was dispersed by police.

In the dock the accused pleaded not guilty and denied charges of assaulting Njangwini’s relative and damaging her house windows.
Through their private defence lawyer, Zwelethemba Matebe of Khayalethu Nondabula Attorneys, claimed there is a bad blood between Njangwini and the accused, which is due to the election of ward candidates in the area.

Accused number one, Athini Motseki, who is gaining community support to stand as the next councillor in the area, told the court through his defence, that he attended a meeting in Horseshoe community hall, then left at 5pm and he went home.

During cross examination Njangwini denied claims that the accused are against Horseshoe ward councilor Phumzile Nocanda and the rest of Nocandas in the area.
“I cannot confirm to this court that the accused are against Nocandas because one of Nocandas is in their camp. The relationship between me and the accused was good earlier, but it became bitter after they stoned my windows.

“My nine windows were stoned by the accused, from number one to number six. I never saw accused number seven, eight and nine, but it is not surprising to hear that they are implicated in this case,” said Njangwini when cross examinated by the defence.

She further said the accused planned to attack her house because she saw a group of more than 20 people singing coming towards her RDP house and as a result her brother’s son was hurt on the head during the attack.

The trial was postponed for 14 and 15 July. All the accused are out on bail.
Two other cases linked to the violent Horseshoe protests in January were postponed in order for the court to get a new magistrate.

My nine windows were stoned by the accused, from number one to number six. I never saw
accused number seven, eight and nine, but it is not surprising to hear that they are implicated in this case

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