A Democratic Alliance (DA) member of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) appeared briefly in the Alice Magistrates Court in the Eastern Cape to face a charge of attempted murder after he allegedly fired shots at an extended family member earlier this month.
The DA member of parliament, Mlindi Nhanha, 51, is facing the charge after an alleged altercation with his wife, Vatiswa on 4 April.
National Prosecuting Authority regional spokesperson Anelisa Ngcakani said the state had alleged that Nhanha had the fight with his wife in Dyamala location in Alice in the early hours of the morning at approximately 3am.
“It is alleged that he assaulted her. Vatiswa’s 40-year-old brother, Mxolisi Daniel then allegedly chased him out of the homestead. It is claimed that Nhanha became violent towards his brother in law and went to his car, took his firearm, shot at him but missed,” Ngcakani said.
Ngcakani said Nhanha had then left the homestead and Daniel also went out to report the incident at the Alice Police Station. “Nhanha was arrested the following day and his firearm was confiscated,” Ngcakani said.
“Daniel subsequently submitted a withdrawal statement citing that he and Nhanha resolved their differences. The NPA will however study the docket and make a decision whether or not to proceed with the case,” Ngcakani said.
Nhanha was released on R500 bail and the case was postponed to 7 June 2021.
The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) is one of the two Houses of Parliament, constitutionally mandated to ensure that provincial interests are taken into account in the national sphere of government. This is done through participation in the national legislative process and by providing a national forum for consideration of issues affecting provinces. It ensures that the three spheres of government work together in performing their unique functions in terms of the Constitution and that in doing so, they do not encroach in each other’s area of competence.