Anthony Benadie MPL
Provincial Leader – Mpumalanga
An ANC councillor in the Albert Luthuli Municipality has deliberately run over a DA activist with his car.
The DA is opening a case of reckless and negligent driving and calls on the SAPS to immediately arrest and criminally charge Ward 22 councillor Fastis Nthombeni.
The incident took place at around 11h00 Thursday, 8 August outside the shop of the DA’s by-election candidate Jordan Mabaya in the Silobela community. DA activists and volunteers were gathered here preparing to remove DA election posters, when Cllr Nthombeni charged at the group in his black VW Polo and subsequently hit Mr Boy Makuo, injuring his leg and foot.
This followed the hotly contested by-election where the DA made significant inroads into this ANC stronghold, increasing our support from 9% in 2011 to 20%.
Cllr Nthombeni and an unidentified passenger got out of the vehicle, checked it for damage, refused to take Mr Makuo to hospital, and left the scene before the police or ambulance arrived.
The DA is absolutely appalled that an elected public representative could show such little regard for a person he recklessly and negligently injured, and leave the scene before police could arrive. This not only shows his disdain for our country’s laws, but also his misplaced belief that as an ANC member and councillor his actions would go unpunished.
However, when one considers the ANC’s poor behaviour at voting stations during the Ward 15 by-elections, which was marred with intimidation, Cllr Nthombeni’s behaviour comes as no surprise.
The DA will closely monitor the conduct and support of the SAPS in opening a case against this ANC councillor and whether he will be arrested. If need be, we will approach provincial police commissioner Thulani Ntobela requesting his intervention.
The ANC and its arrogance are fast becoming a threat to the people of South Africa, and our democratic order. The ANC should be ashamed of themselves.