IFP man arrested at poll point

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

IFP strongman and member of the provincial government Nkosi Khayelihle Mathaba will appear in the Nyoni magistrate's court on Tuesday.

On Wednesday evening police arrested the leader of the Macambini tribe after he allegedly parked his vehicle and blocked access to the ZZ Mathaba Creche voting station in the area.

"When police requested that he move his vehicle he refused and became violent.

"He was arrested and charged at the Nyoni police station for contravening Section 97 of the Electoral Act," said police spokesperson Phindile Hadebe.

"At 1am yesterday morning he was released on bail of R300 by police," she added.

Last December, Mathaba led his community to protest against the provincial government's R44 billion tourism project in the area by a Dubai developer, Ruwaad.

Mathaba negotiated a counter deal with another Dubai-based developer on the basis that his people would not be moved from their ancestral land.

Police arrested 10 protesters who refused to disperse and instead placed burning tyres on the road and threw stones at passing motorists.