David Matsena
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20 Jan 2016
5:11 pm

MMC’s ‘bodyguards’ face assault charges

David Matsena

The victim was trying to record a video during a “chaotic” regional ANC meeting.

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Two men believed to be bodyguards of Tshwane MMC for Transport George Matjila are being investigated after allegedly assaulting a 44-year-old Soshanguve man during a so-called chaotic ANC meeting in Winterveldt on Sunday.

Police spokesperson Constable Herman Moremi confirmed police were investigating a case of assault with the intent of causing grievous bodily harm against the MMC’s two bodyguards.

Moremi said the victim, Amos Mkhatshwa, who was also a member of the ANC, was trying to record a video during a “chaotic” regional ANC meeting, Rekord East reported.

“The two bodyguards walked up to him and ordered him to stop taking a video. He told them he was also an ANC member and had the right to take the video. The two men manhandled him and started assaulting him with bottles and stones,” added Moremi.

Mkhatshwa sustained serious injuries.

The meeting where the chaos broke out was held at the Multi-Purpose Centre in Soshanguve.

Matjila was sent out by the ANC to oversee this branch meeting which degenerated into chaos, according to those present. Witnesses said the meeting was disrupted by bouncers who arrived and stood at the back.

However, Matjila has denied that he had a confrontation with another ANC member at the meeting and also denied allegations that he ordered the two men to disrupt the meeting.

“Those men were bouncers, I never ordered them to assault anyone. I am an ANC leader, I do not work with bouncers. They are not my bodyguards,” Matjila said.

Police said no arrests had been made.

– Caxton News Service