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Court case over NMB council brawl on hold

Crime & Courts
Port Elizabeth – The case against two African National Congress (ANC) councillors from Nelson Mandela Bay, who are facing charges of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, was postponed in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

The charges against the councillors relate to a violent brawl which broke out during a council meeting in November last year. Gamalihleli Maqula, 28, appeared briefly in court on Tuesday but Andile Lungisa, 39, was not at court proceedings and the state was provided with a medical certificate.

Following the incident the pair handed themselves over to police and are currently out on bail of R1000 each. Maqula has a previous conviction for kidnapping and assault of a teenage boy and is currently serving a sentence of correctional supervision.

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Two ANC councillors appeared at the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on charges of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. The charges against them relate to a violent brawl which broke out in a Nelson Mandela Bay council meeting in November last year. Photo: Raahil Sain/ANA

It is understood that Maqula stabbed Democratic Alliance Chief Whip, Werner Senekal, in the back with a sharp object while Lungisa apparently hit DA councillor, Rano Kayser, with a glass jug over his head during a council meeting which turned chaotic.

The case was postponed until April 26 for further investigation.

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