Assault accused ANC, EFF members in court

2013-12-30 22:14

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Komatipoort - Tensions ran high when members of the EFF and ANC appeared in court on Monday on charges of common assault.

Five members of the African National Congress and seven of the Economic Freedom Fighters appeared in separate courtrooms at the Tonga Magistrate's Court, south of Komatipoort, in connection with a fight on Friday, a Sapa correspondent reported.

The EFF members, including Nkomazi sub-regional convenor Caleb Sibitane, were not asked to plead and the case was postponed until 28 February. They were released on warning.

The ANC members, including Tonga ward councillor Nomsa Maphanga, were also not asked to plead and the case was postponed until 28 February. They were also released on warning.

The cases were postponed for the National Director of Public Prosecutions' decision on how to proceed.

The EFF has accused Maphanga of mobilising members to stop an EFF meeting on Friday.

EFF national elections co-ordinator Godrich Gardee said the case was being heard in two courts to reduce the risk of confrontation.

"We asked the court not to allow the mixing of the members from both parties in one court, because there might be fights," he said.

ANC provincial secretary Lucky Ndinisa could not be reached for comment.

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