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STONES FLY IN BRAWL BETWEEN ANC AND EFF MEMBERS

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STONES FLY IN BRAWL BETWEEN ANC AND EFF MEMBERS
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STONES FLY IN BRAWL BETWEEN ANC AND EFF MEMBERSCouncillor Noma Maphanga (40) and her husband Donald Maphanga (46) were seen on video in the violence involving stones and umbrellas at the entrance to the Tonga Magistrates Court in Mpumalanga.

The 10-minute fight started when a minibus full of chanting ANC members passed between a group of EFF members who were standing at the gate.

EFF members in red T-shirts and ANC members in yellow T-shirts were soon fighting.

Both groups wore red berets branded with the name of their party.

The fight happened so fast that it is hard to clearly identify all the people involved.

But councillor Maphanga is seen in a beige skirt and a striped top while her husband was wearing a long-sleeved T-shirt with navy-blue stripes.

Both are seen picking up stones and throwing them at EFF members.

Donald told Magistrate Sibonisiwe Sibuyi that he was assaulted.

But Sibuyi said: “I will encourage you to open an assault case. Reporting to me here in court won’t help you.

“Instead, you need to go to the police and open a case.”

Members of both parties laid assault charges against each other in December.

Before their court appearance on Friday, prosecutor Frederick Mhelembe suggested that members of the two parties shouldn’t be allowed to enter court at the same time to avoid another quarrel.

EFF members, including Nkomazi sub-regional convenor Caleb Sibitane, were not asked to plead.

They were freed on a warning.

Members of the ANC, as well as the Maphanga couple, were also not asked to plead and were released on a warning.

The magistrate postponed the case so that the national director of public prosecutions can decide if the case should go to trial or be struck off the court roll.

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