Beauty Maisela of Phatantswane village outside Jane Furse in Limpopo has accused an African National Congress (ANC) councillor of hitting her with a belt, broom and stones in front of residents at a meeting to elect a new ward committee.
Speaking to Daily Sun, the 29-year-old woman said the councillor hit her with everything he could lay his hands on, landing her in hospital. According to a resident who reportedly spoke to the tabloid, the trouble started when Maisela was nominated for the committee. The councillor got angry because he allegedly wanted his friends to be nominated instead.
Maisela said she was shocked by the attack as she had never had problems with the councillor and she was not a member of a political party, questioning the kind of example the councillor was setting in the community.
The incident angered Maisela’s brother, who asked if this was the ruling party’s way of thanking the community after they voted for it.
Police reportedly confirmed the incident and arrest of the 47-year-old man to the publication, further saying he was out on R500 bail after appearing at the Nebo Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
Sekhukhune ANC secretary-general Jerry Maseko told the publication that the party was aware of the incident, that they were investigating the matter and would take “strong” action against the man should he be found guilty.