Sowetan transport supervisor Mabu Nkadimeng yesterday described in the Protea magistrates' court how he was escorted by a group of pupils to meet the director of the Ithuteng Trust, Jackey Maarohanye, on the day reporter Vusi Ndlovu was allegedly kidnapped and assaulted at the school.
The incident happened on February 17 at the school in Klipspruit. Maarohanye, 49, Ronnie Nyakale, 34, Patricia Molaba, 34, and Thembi Dladla, 21, appeared on charges of kidnapping and assaulting Ndlovu, a Sowetan reporter.
Nkadimeng, who was Ndlovu's driver that day, said he did not witness the alleged assault and also saw no visible injuries on Ndlovu when they later left.
"At the time I was in the hall with Ndlovu, nobody assaulted him," Nkadimeng said.
Nkadimeng said after Maarohanye instructed him to summon Sowetan news editor Willie Bokala to the school he left Ndlovu in the hall with Maarohanye and others and went back to the car.
"While I was waiting there a girl came with food and I declined the offer. She came back with water, which I took," he said.
The case was postponed to June 26.