Tanzanian seeks bail in MaNtuli case

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IOL pic feb6 mantuli file Associated Press Nompumelelo Ntuli, also known as MaNtuli, is one of President Jacob Zuma's wives. File picture: Pier Paolo Cito

Johannesburg -

The bail hearing of a Tanzanian man accused of intimidating one of President Jacob Zuma's wives is expected to continue in the Camperdown Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Zuma's wife Nompumelelo Ntuli - commonly known as MaNtuli - said Steven John Masunga tried to force her to arrange a business meeting for him with Zuma.

The offence allegedly took place on January 15.

The court heard on Tuesday from a police witness that Masunga threatened Nompumelelo Ntuli with a claim that Zuma was not the father of one of her children.

However, Masunga told the court that he was arrested only after he had complained to KwaZulu-Natal's top police officer that Ntuli was threatening him.

Masunga said he spoke to a senior police officer about threats he had received from Ntuli, as well as the police's poor handling of a burglary at his sister's salon.

That officer told Masunga that since the alleged threats involved the president's wife, he needed to see the KwaZulu-Natal provincial commissioner, Lieutenant-General Betty Mmamonnye Ngobeni, which he did.

Masunga was arrested by Brigadier Clifford Marion in Ngobeni's office after complaining to Marion about the way the burglary was handled.

He said Masunga had introduced himself as Steven Ongolo at Marion's office. Marion then recognised the name Ongolo from a complaint Ntuli had lodged with police.

Having seen the SMS on Ntuli's phone, he called the number and Masunga's phone rang. He promptly arrested Masunga, confiscated his phone and seized his passport.

He said when Masunga was arrested, instead of calling a lawyer, he called a Sunday Tribune journalist. - Sapa

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