Prosecutors will decide if two ANC members – one a deputy mayor – will be formally charged with assault, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Tuesday.
Msunduzi Deputy Mayor Thobani Zuma and ANC member Ngu Zuma laid charges of assault against one another following a ward meeting to nominate a councillor, held at the Sweetwater community hall in Pietermaritzburg.
Ngu Zuma said an altercation erupted when Thobani Zuma asked him and several other people to leave the meeting. Ngu Zuma said he refused.
“The deputy has his preferred candidate for the councillor position and knew that the people would not vote for that person. He asked for everyone to go outside of the hall. I was one of the people who did not go outside.
“When I did not go outside, he instructed his bodyguards to assault me and the rest of the people, about 100 of us. His guards hesitated and this angered him. He came straight to me, grabbed me and hit me. I have been injured in my rib cage area.”
When asked why he felt he was targeted, Ngu Zuma said: “I think it is because he feels I have influence.”
Thobani Zuma referred queries to ANC regional secretary Mzi Zuma, who had not responded by Tuesday afternoon.
Police spokesperson Constable Mthoko Ngobese said the dockets had been taken to the public prosecutor, who would decide whether to proceed with the cases.