15 July 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

Assault case against EFF’s Ntshangane ready for trial  

by: Obakeng Maje      date: 29 june 2018

An assault case against Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) Provincial Chief Whip and North West Member of Provincial Legislature (MPL), Bunga Ntshangane is ready to go on trial. 
 
Ntshangane briefly appeared at Mmabatho Magistrate’s Court in Mahikeng on Wednesday for allegedly assaulting EFF’s junior employee, Maggie Klaas, in November last year.
 
Klaas, who is an administrator, said Ntshangane assaulted her after a minor disagreement. She now claims that she has received threats from the EFF management.
 
“I am grateful that the case will be going on trial on 15 August. I would like to see justice prevailing and proper decisions being taken against Ntshangane.
 
“I am now frustrated and I do not feel safe anymore. Every single day I get calls from EFF Human Resources Manager threatening me. She said if I do not withdraw an assault case against Ntshagane, they will keep on suspending me,” she said.
 
Klaas further said the Human Resources Manager whose name Semphete has but cannot publish because we couldn’t get a response from her, also called on Tuesday and instructed her not to go to court, but rather report for duty. 
 
“The organization is tedious on the matter and it is so painful that no disciplinary actions were taken against Ntshangane. Instead of giving me unwavering support, I am constantly being harassed by the EFF Provincial Secretary, Papiki Babuile and [the HR Manager].
 
“She [the HR Manager] also came to our offices on the 10th of April 2018 and threatened me again. She said if I do not withdraw the case, I will never relish working for the party again,” Klaas said.
 
It is alleged that Ntshangane offered Klaas R4000 to withdraw the case, but he refused to comment on the matter.
 
Babuile denied the claim. 
 
“That is pure lies because I have never spoken to Maggie in months. I do not know what she is talking about. I do not even know what is happening with Ntshangane’s case and I am not interested. She must show you our conversations with her.”
 
EFF Provincial leader and EFF MPL, Betty Diale, who is a lawyer by profession, also refuted allegations leveled against her. It was alleged that Diale was reluctant to come to court as a witness in the matter.
 
“I am one of the first witnesses to make a statement to the police as an indication of interest to be a witness in this matter. The matter was postponed several times at the request of the defence of course. Being experienced in court myself, I know when the witness is required in court.
 
“So, I come to court only when the matter is ready for trial. Today the matter was ready for trial and previously when the matter was almost ready, I have indicated that I am starting with the sitting at the Legislature and as soon as it is done, I will come to the court,” she said.
 
Diale said the party could not haul Ntshangane to the EFF Provincial Disciplinary Hearing (DC) as he is the Provincial Chairperson of the DC. Diale said the matter has now been referred to the National Disciplinary Committee. 
 
“I harbour no intentions at all to sabotage the matter and it is my responsibility to ensure that I push women issues forward, particularly me being the party leader in the province as the chairperson and also a woman,” Diale said.