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By unknown | Feb 07, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sowetan Reporter

Sowetan Reporter

A tribal court yesterday dropped chargesagainstVictor Hlungwani, Sowetan's reporter in Giyani.

He was charged for covering an event without the headman's permission.

Hlungwani was rebuked by headman Judas Chauke on Saturday while covering a gathering of two families in dispute over the graves of their loved ones at Shihosani village, near Malamulele in Limpopo.

Both the Mbowenis and the Shivambus claim a grave to be that of their relative. Both relatives died in 1982. The Mbowenis spent about R30000 on a tombstone for what they believed was a family member's grave. They were shocked when the Shivambus said the grave belonged to their relative.

The families met at the local cemetery and Hlungwani was there to cover the event. The headman told him to leave the cemetery, to the surprise of both families.

On Monday Hlungwani received a letter from the headman ordering him to report to a tribal court at Mdabula the next day.

Mdabula chief Eric Chauke said he knew nothing of the matter and that the headman did not understand the media. He suggested that Hlungwani attend the kgotla to resolve the matter amicably.

"I'm happy to be vindicated," said Hlungwani.


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