DA opens assault case

2016-07-15 12:23


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Pietermaritzburg - The DA announced that the party has opened a case of intimidation, assault and illegal use of a firearm following an incident where a supporter was allegedly attacked by a group of armed men travelling with uMzimkhulu’s ANC deputy mayor Sindisiwe Nkala.

The alleged incident took place in the Intsikeni area where DA supporter Emmanual Dubazana had been campaigning on Saturday for the upcoming local government elections.

DA Sisonke constituency head and MP Francois Rodgers alleged Nkala and her four bodyguards visited Dubazana’s home while trying to establish his whereabouts.

In his statement, Rodgers alleged the bodyguards intimidated Dubazana’s mother and family, threatening that there would be severe consequences for him and his family if he continued to campaign for the DA.

It is believed shots were fired at Dubazana’s vehicle after he reported the threats to the police, and he was pulled over by Nkala and her bodyguards.

“He [Dubazana] was pulled out of the vehicle and threatened by the four bodyguards …” Rogers said.

“When Dubazana refused to accede to their threats, and indicated he was fulfilling his democratic rights, he was beaten over the head with a firearm and sustained deep lacerations. He is currently hospitalised.”

KZN police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said a case of pointing a firearm and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm is being investigated by Intsikeni police. “No arrests have been made,” he said.

The Witness contacted Nkala for comment yesterday. She referred the journalist to her spokesperson, who could not be reached.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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