- A DA member of the National Council of Provinces appeared in the Alice Magistrate's Court on a charge of attempted murder.
- The NPA said he allegedly assaulted his wife during an altercation and shot at her brother when he chased him away.
- His brother-in-law indicated they had resolved their differences but the NPA is deciding how to proceed.
A DA member of the National Council of Provinces appeared in the Alice Magistrate's Court on a charge of attempted murder on Tuesday.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said Mlindi Nhanha allegedly assaulted his wife, Vatiswa, during a row at around 03:00 in Dyamala, Alice, on Sunday.
"It is alleged that he assaulted her," said NPA Eastern Cape spokesperson Anelisa Ngcakani.
"Vatiswa's 40-year-old brother, Mxolisi Daniel, then allegedly chased him out of the homestead. It is claimed that Nhanha became violent towards his brother-in-law and went to his car, took his firearm, shot at him but missed."
Ngcakani added Nhanha left the homestead, and Daniel went to the police to report the incident.
Nhanha was arrested the next day, and his firearm was confiscated.
Daniel has submitted a withdrawal statement, saying he and Nhanha had "resolved their differences".
Ngcakani said the NPA would study the docket and decide whether or not to proceed with the case.
The DA's chairperson in the Eastern Cape, MP Andrew Whitfield, said on Tuesday night Nhanha had to give the party a statement explaining what had happened before a decision would be taken as to how the party would handle the incident.