Mazibuko incident: Official off the hook

2012-11-22 19:36

Johannesburg - Charges against a Sadtu official who allegedly tried to run over DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko have been dropped, the party said on Thursday.

"The DA is not satisfied with the decision of the Zwelitsha Regional Court Prosecutor to drop charges of reckless and negligent driving as well as attempted murder against [the] Sadtu member..." provincial chairperson Edmund van Vuuren said in a statement.

The Democratic Alliance laid charges against SA Democratic Teachers Union Hewu branch chairperson Honjiswa Mrwebi in April after she allegedly tried to hit Mazibuko with her car in Whittlesea, Eastern Cape.

On 13 April, Mazibuko was participating in a 12km walk to highlight problems with scholar transport in the area when Mrwebi allegedly drove towards her.


Van Vuuren said the DA wanted answers on why the charges were dropped.

"We cannot send out the message that it is OK to revert to violence when you are in disagreement with other people.

"By not allowing this case to be heard, the court may be setting a precedent that a blind eye will be turned to acts of violence against members of the DA during our campaigns and protest actions," he said.

At the time, Mazibuko said she was unperturbed by the incident.

"It was a non-event. When we were walking on the road the occasional car would pass by and I remember one almost hitting me, but I was not aware of some evil plot," she said.

"I didn't realise who was behind the wheel. I wasn't aware of a plot to harm me. We were not trying to engage this rogue teacher who was trying to create some sort of a ruckus.... I don't really care either way."

Confirmation from the National Prosecuting Authority that the case was dropped could not be immediately obtained.

  • motho.batho.98 - 2012-11-22 20:11

    But why did Honjiswa Mrwebi tried to kill Mazibuko for difference in opinion?

      godfrey.welman - 2012-11-22 20:20

      Because Mazibuko is "the opposition". The funny part is SADU protest for the same thing the DA called a march.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-11-22 20:25

      SADU should be SADTU

      lorain.maseko - 2012-11-23 06:55

      I'm no fan of the DA but i was hoping that fool would go to jail for attempting to run Lindiwe over,it just shows what sort of person he is and he is the sort we dont want within our community.

      marc.klynhans - 2012-11-23 09:20

      If this was the other way around, Lindiwe would have gotten the death penalty.

  • malcolm.stevens.129 - 2012-11-22 20:12

    Political interference, no doubt

  • jenny.nel.92 - 2012-11-22 20:14

    If this was an attempt to harm her, she is handling it very well. She is an amazing young woman and there are doubtless many cadres on the gravy train who see her as a threat. I wish her well. She will rise above this thuggery. She's made od the right stuff. God bless the DA.

  • godfrey.welman - 2012-11-22 20:14

    Ms Jiba, another ANC connected case dropped, where does that leave you now?

      piet.motsoeneng - 2012-11-22 20:51

      It seems she was not talking about Zuma's case, she was merely preparing us for this onin particular because she new people will ask questions since it involves politicians from opposite sides and the one linked to the ruling party will be the one smiling.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-11-22 21:06

      It leaves her lying about her lies.

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-11-22 20:53

    What would be said if it was a taxi driver? Just wondering

  • oistar.tutu.9 - 2012-11-22 20:59

    WTF 2x

  • zmvulane - 2012-11-22 21:11

    Bad day in the Office!

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-11-22 22:05

    where did she get that fake license how can you miss such a big building JUST JOCKING

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-23 02:58

    Wat injustice and anc mentality shown by the court... Uneducated? I vote for no confidence...

  • brionyl.french - 2012-11-23 05:46

    They are under resourced!!! which is funny because we have 25% unemployment in the our adult sector and 50% in our youth so tehre is plenty of people to go work for the NPA, Hell I will if it means putting big criminals like ZUMA in PRISON!

  • Lubabalo Mkiva - 2012-11-23 06:53

    you don't like living in this country, just do as the others did emigrate .

      malcolm.james.macleod - 2012-11-23 08:48

      How about you emigrate, I hear that Zimbabwe is an ideal location for ANC supporters.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-23 11:36

      Lubabalo Mkiva. Sometimes the sheer stupidity here amazes me, yours for instance.

  • leon.toerien - 2012-11-23 07:49

    Ok. A guy was charged for similar a offense in Gauteng yesterday involving a metro cop. Lets see if this gets dropped as well.

  • richard.laros.77 - 2012-11-23 08:09

    It is pretty evident that the NPA is nothing but a toothless lapdog of the ANC. What happened to being independent of all politics you spineless critters?

  • nathan.g.moss - 2012-11-23 08:27

    NPA let me guess. The teacher had spy tapes on you as well.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-23 11:30

    The charges were dropped because the perpetrator is a good comrade. After not even twenty years we live in a quagmire, where will it end?.

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