My ears are intact - councillor

2016-03-23 11:51

Mbombela – A Mbombela councillor has denied media reports that his ears were cut off when angry residents attacked him during the nomination of a ward councillor in Kanyamazane.

Bheki Zulu was admitted to a local MediClinic on Sunday, after members of an ANC faction attacked him when they failed to get their candidate nominated for the position of councillor in ward 21.

"It is not true, both my ears are still intact," Zulu told a News24 correspondent on Tuesday, while recovering from an injury in hospital. He is also the Mbombela municipality's mayoral committee member for economic development and tourism.

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said several cases had been opened against ANC members following Sunday’s meeting at Kanyamazane stadium.

“On Sunday, there was a meeting where a fight erupted and two suspects were arrested. Four cases of common assault were registered. There was no case reported to the police wherein Mr Zulu was allegedly assaulted," said Mohlala.

Mohlala said police were not notified about the gathering.

"There was no application made in this regard. We encourage all the organisers of events to submit an application in advance for events categorisation in terms of the Safety at Sports and Recreational Events Act," he said.

Zulu said he would open a case once he had recovered.

An eyewitness who spoke on condition of anonymity said the fight started when Zulu tried to reason with a group preventing his younger brother from attending the meeting.

"They poured alcohol directly on him and when he tried to reason with them, they started assaulting him," said the witness.

It was the second time an ANC leader has been attacked in Kanyamazane due to party infighting over the nomination of councillors.

Last month, residents assaulted member of the Mpumalanga provincial legislature and ANC regional executive committee member, Petrus Ngomana. Police intervened and stopped the fight.

ANC regional secretary Phazamisa Mathe’s phone rang unanswered. 

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