Charges against ANC councillor dropped

File picture: Independent Media

File picture: Independent Media

Published Oct 1, 2015


Rustenburg - Charges of malicious damage to property, intimidation and assault against Rustenburg councillor Luvuyo Tolo Maqwane were withdrawn at the Rustenburg Regional Court on Thursday.

Maqwane, 54, appeared surprised when the prosecutor told magistrate Chris Nel that charges against him were withdrawn, without giving reasons for the withdrawal.

The ANC councillor from the Rustenburg local municipality was accused of attacking members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on July 15 at Popo Molefe informal settlement near Rustenburg.

He was arrested on July 17 and spent ten days in custody before he was released on R1000 bail.

“I am surprised at the withdrawal, however I am happy. I never fight with anyone. I was arrested for stopping a fight.”

Maqwane allegedly smashed a windscreen shield of a car with a stone in an attempt to stop EFF members from entering the informal settlement.

Maqwane’s lawyer, Tshepo Lekokotla, said he was also surprised the case was withdrawn.

“When the matter was transferred to the regional court I braced myself for a tough trial. We were in court today [Thursday] for documents. I have not been briefed why the case was withdrawn. I am happy my client is free,” he said.


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