Polokwane - The ANC’s Limpopo spokesman, Sello Lediga, has been charged with common assault after a complaint was laid by a junior official.

Police spokeswoman Colonel Ronel Otto on Sunday confirmed that provincial ANC media liaison officer Sipho Dikgale had opened a charge against Lediga at Polokwane police station.

Otto did not immediately have details of the complaint, but said the alleged assault happened inside Dikgale’s office at the party’s provincial headquarter, Frans Mohlala House.

Otto said a common assault case was opened last Monday.

It is understood that on that day, Lediga had gone into Dikgale’s office and asked to talk to him in private. An insider said staffers who had been in Dikgale’s office went outside and left Lediga and Dikgale in the office.

It’s unclear how Dikgale was assaulted because he refused to comment when The Star contacted him. A source said Dikgale followed Lediga in the corridors after he had walked out of his office.

“(Dikgale) shouted ‘Sello, come and f*** me now, you are a coward, be a man’,” said a source who witnessed the spat.

However, there was no physical clash in the corridors, the source said.

At the centre of the row between the two men are the warring factions that rocked the ANC provincial task team that has been appointed by party president Jacob Zuma.

Zuma installed the task team last March after the ANC national executive committee disbanded the provincial executive chaired by former premier Cassel Mathale.

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