CASE DROPPED AGAINST SADTU MEMBER WHO ATTEMPTED TO RUN OVER LINDIWE MAZIBUKO

The DA is not satisfied with the decision of the Zwelitsha Regional Court Prosecutor to drop charges of reckless and negligent driving as well as attempted murder against a Sadtu member accused of attempting to drive over DA Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko during a march in Queenstown earlier this year.

I will be writing to the Regional Court Control Prosecutor to establish the reasons why the case docket was returned as “Nolle Procequi” (decline to prosecute) by the regional court. For the report from the SAPS, click here:

SAPS report

On Friday, 13 April this year a Sadtu official, Honjiswa Mrwebi, a teacher and chairperson of the Hewu-branch of the union in the Whittlesea area outside Queenstown, purposefully and with intent tried to run Lindiwe Masibuko over with her vehicle on Friday, 13 April 2012.  Lindiwe and I were walking in solidarity with learners from Mbekweni village to their school, Zweledinga High, which is more than 12km from their homes.

Ms. Mrwebi had openly advocated violence and had voiced her intentions.  It is disgraceful that actions of violence intended to cause bodily harm as well as utterances to do so in order to settle differences, are still occurring in our democratic dispensation.

We cannot send out the message that it is OK to revert to violence when you are in disagreement with other people.  By not allowing this case to be heard, the court may be setting a precedent that a blind eye will be turned to acts of violence against members of the DA during our campaigns and protest actions.

The DA will not back down.  We will continue our protests without fear.  It is our democratic right and we are protected under the Constitution to air our views.