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Ex-football official cleared of assault

By Victor Hlungwani | Apr 05, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 6 ]

THE Giyani Magistrate's Court has acquitted former Dynamos soccer club official Pastor Mafumo of a charge of assault.

Mafumo was arrested on March 13 after a member of the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu), Dineo Mathebula, had opened a case of common assault against him.

Mathebula had alleged that Mafumo had assaulted her during a strike by members of Samwu.

The union had called for the removal of Mopani district municipality manager Tim Maake.

The workers had accused Maake of maladministration, nepotism and running the municipality like a spaza shop.

Magistrate Norman Ramashia dismissed the case because Mathebula had told the court that Mafumo assaulted her and broke her right hand. But Ramashia said Mathebula had used "the injured hand to bang the court table" and he dismissed the case.


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Banging the court table doeas not mean that Mafumu should have been aqcuited. It meant a case should be opened against Mathebula for banging the table. This is bias and unfortunate. A suspect may be aqcuited based on evidence not using the hand to cook food or what. All injured people should not use the injured organs until their cases are finalized.

Apr 05, 2012 9:54 | 0 replies

A new law in Giyani is that do noy use your injured organs even after they have been heled befroe Magistrate Norman Ramashia hear the case.

Apr 05, 2012 9:56 | 0 replies

A new law in Giyani Prevent the use of an injured hand before cases are finalsed by magistrates. Even after recovering from injury wait for Magistrate Norman hear the case. No matter how long.

Apr 05, 2012 9:58 | 0 replies

La penga lena. Ha!! Ha! Ha!

Apr 05, 2012 4:6 | 0 replies

ndhandhazi x3= Ndhandha

Apr 10, 2012 11:32 | 0 replies

We must stop outsourcing our Area to the outsiders. Maake should go and misuse municipal funds in his own land. Giyani belongs to US(Shangani/Tsongas) not him. Let the strangle continue. Aluta continua

Apr 12, 2012 11:7 | 0 replies