The BEAT front page, photo. No less than four politicians in court on a range of charges which include, among others, expletives allegedly hurled at a complainant. Illustration.



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The Bela-Bela Magistrate’s Court was kept busy with no less than four prominent politicians making courtroom appearances last Friday, 9 February, over charges ranging from crimen injuria to trespassing.

In an unprecedented co-incidence, Bela-Bela ANC heavyweights, Chief Whip Henrietta Ledwaba, ward councillor and former mayor Freddy Hlungwane, former councillor John Sesane, and EFF firebrand Sello Moswoeu, warmed the benches of the courts on that fateful day.

In a dramatic twist to the unfolding narrative, Ledwaba’s lawyer reportedly withdrew from the case, which was a sequel to the charge of crimen injuria against the Chief Whip.

According to the charge sheet, Ledwaba allegedly hurled expletives at one Violet Baloyi.

The case has been postponed to Wednesday, 28 February, to allow Ledwaba to access new legal representation.

Hlungwane faces two charges of intimidation, following the alleged violent threats levelled at community-based activists, Lucas Phala and Josias Ramalekana. 

The incidents allegedly took place during separate occasions in June last year.

According to the charge sheet, the parties involved have been granted the opportunity to seek conflict resolution outside court, failing which the courts would preside over the dispute.

The case was postponed to Wednesday, 28 February.

The next court date with regards to Moswoeu’s case of alleged trespassing is Monday, 26 February.

The courts also sought access to outstanding statements from the complainants, the Bela-Bela Local Municipality.

Moswoeu’s charges stem from an alleged illegal land occupation campaign in October of last year. 

In another unfolding court drama, former ANC councillor John Sesane’s alleged reckless driving case has been postponed to Wednesday, 28 February, for bloodtest results.

Sesane was charged on Saturday, 25 November.

4 months ago       15 February 2018