December 7, 2021

Former Newcastle mayor fined for inciting violence

“Several community members, including Mahlaba went to the workers, serving them with the interdict and asked them to stop,” the spokesperson said.

Former Newcastle mayor fined for inciting violence

Former Newcastle mayor fined for inciting violence photo credit: MSN

Former Newcastle mayor, Dr. Nthuthuko Nkululeko Mahlaba, has been fined R20 000 or two-years in jail. The former Newcastle mayor was found guilty of inciting assault.

The National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson in KwaZulu-Natal said that workers were digging trenches for fibre cables in the Avairy Hill area in Newcastle in September 2020. A High Court order had been granted for the workers to stop digging.

“Several community members, including Mahlaba went to the workers, serving them with the interdict and asked them to stop,” the spokesperson said.

The former Newcastle mayor allegedly assaulted the workers, assisted by his bodyguards, who have also been charged with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, malicious damage to property and theft.

The group also took the workers’ tools and damaged the fibre cables.

The workers had been ordered to stop because residents complained that the work was disrupting water and electricity services.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority, six witnesses placed Mahlaba at the scene.

Sources: IOL, MSN

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