Newcastle Mayor Ntuthuko Mahlaba was sentenced Monday to a fine of 20,000 rupees or two years in prison by the Newcastle Regional Court after being convicted of incitement to assault under the Riotous Assemblies Act.
< National Prosecutor's Office (NPA) spokeswoman Natasha Kara said the incident occurred in the Aviary Hill area of Newcastle in September 2020 when workers were digging trenches for fiber optic cables.
“There the top one Court banned workers from stopping work, several parishioners, including Mahlaba, went to the workers to serve them with the interdict and ask them to stop. When the workers refused, Mahlaba (the state) directed unknown people to ambush the workers. The people who attacked the workers also took their tools and damaged the fiber optic cables, “Kara said.
TimesLIVE reported that the mayor’s bodyguards who allegedly joined the attack were charged with grievous bodily harm . malicious damage to property and theft.
Kara said the state, represented by Attorney General Israel Zuma, had brought evidence on six witnesses who placed Mahlaba at the scene.
The NPA welcomed the successful indictment.