WATCH | Solly Msimanga 'beaten up' over relative's debt - DA MPL

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  • A video showing DA Gauteng leader Solly Msimanga with a bloody face has surfaced on social media.
  • In the video, a man accuses Msimanga of owing him R1.4 million.
  • According to DA MPL Fred Nel, the man had attempted to extort Msimanga but later apologised.

A man, who allegedly attacked DA Gauteng leader Solly Msimanga, did so in an attempt to get him to pay a debt owed by a member of his family.

This according to the party's Gauteng chairperson, Fred Nel, who was speaking on behalf of Msimanga.

A video showing Msimanga bleeding from the lip, and blood trickling from the left side of his face, surfaced on social media on Thursday.

The man, out of shot, was captured on video saying he came to beat up Msimanga because he was a "liar and a thief".

He later publicly apologised to Msimanga, confirming no money was owed to him.

Nel said the man had also offered to pay for any expenses, such as medical aid, as a result of the incident.

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In the initial video, the man was heard saying: "This is what happens to liars and thieves, Solly. You are a thief, and you are not going to turn this into a political storm for yourself in my direction. You are a thief. You owe me money."

Msimanga then retorted by asking: "I owe you money?"

"You owe me money, you f***ing thief, where did you get the money you paid into JD, corrupt motherf***er. I want my money. You think I am dumb," the man replied.

The man then asked the DA leader where his gun was.

"You can't push me and beat me around, and think I won't hit you back. This is what you get."

He then repeatedly asked Msimanga: "Where is the gun?"

Msimanga responded by asking whether he had beaten him, before asking the man to leave him alone, and that he would teach him a lesson.

"Solly, where is my money, R1.4 million, where is my money?" the man asked again.

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"The police are not for the DA. They are for the citizens of the country," the man said.

Msimanga said he stopped the man from opening the gate, after which he was beaten.

"You know what you did, and you know it's about to bite you," he added.

The man said the incident was on camera and he had witnesses.

Msimanga responded by saying he was happy the incident was caught on camera.

According to Nel, the incident took place on Thursday afternoon in Benoni at the business premises of Msimanga's cousins. 

He said the incident arose from a dispute about money, but that Msimanga did not owe the debt.

Nel said:

The problem is that it's someone that tried to extort money out of him [Msimanga] because of a debt that a family member had made.

He added the man was a business partner of one of Msimanga's family members.

"The police were called; the person has been arrested and has since apologised. Police are still at the scene, as we speak."

Nel said Msimanga was fine and had been dealing with the police.

News24 asked him for the police case number, which he said he would provide as soon as it was received.

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