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By unknown | Mar 18, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

The Mpumalanga teacher whose house was set alight by villagers accusing him of stock theft has filed a defamation case against one of his colleagues.

Dingaan Kesito Mhlanga, a teacher at Khamane High School in Marapyane, has filed a R100000 lawsuit against fellow teacher, Kgwale Mpholefolo.

In court papers, Mhlanga accuses Mpholefolo of tarnishing his image by telling colleagues in the staff room that he was a cattle thief.

Mpholefolo yesterday confirmed that he had received a summons but denied ever labelling Mhlanga a cattle thief.

Mhlanga is expected to call a school cleaner, identified only as Nora, and deputy principal Minky Moepi as his witnesses.

Mpholefolo will line up geography and commercial subjects teachers, David Ntlwana and Robert Kekana, to testify in his defence.

The matter is expected to be heard at the Hammanskraal's Temba magistrate's court tomorrow.

School principal Prince Mokwele distanced himself from the matter yesterday, saying he was not interested in discussing it .

Mhlanga has been in hiding since last week when angry villagers torched his house.

The villagers stormed into the house of Mhlanga and his twin brother last week, saying they should leave the village because they were involved in stock theft. The two men ran for their lives before their houses were burnt.

Fourteen men, including a local headman, Moses Matseke, were arrested for arson.

They were released on warning on Monday and their case was postponed to April 15.


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