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Mayor Limpopo prosecuted for assault after fight in tavern

A Limpopo mayor is in trouble with the law after allegedly assaulting a patron at a drinking establishment in a tavern during a binge drinking.

39-year-old mayor Godfrey Mawela ANC mayor of the local municipality of Musina in the Vhembe region is said to have punched a 25-year-old man with his fists and a beer bottle on Saturday night after an argument at a tavern in Muswodi Village, outside Musina. †

According to a witness, Mawela was drinking with friends when the 25-year-old man allegedly started insulting him.

“The victim walked into the inn and went straight to the position of the mayor and his friends. He told the mayor that he was useless because he failed to employ local youths in the municipality,” the source said on condition of anonymity.

“The victim told the mayor that instead of building the community, he sat in a tavern that shone at them with expensive booze. He also said that the mayor was a little boy and there was nothing he could do to him.”

This apparently infuriated Mawela so much that he slammed into the man with his fists.

When the victim started fighting back, the mayor apparently packed an empty beer bottle and smashed it on it.

The man was rushed to a local hospital for treatment.

Limpopo’s police spokesman, Brigadier General Motlafela Mojapelo, told The The Vanir-exodus“We can confirm that police in Muswodi Village in Vhembe have arrested a 39-year-old man for assault GBH (assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm) after allegedly assaulting a 25-year-old victim at a liquor store. The victim was taken to hospital for medical treatment,” Mojapelo said.

Mojapelo said the suspect appeared before the Musina Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

“However, he was given a bail of R3000. His case was adjourned until April 29, 2022 for further investigation.”

Mawela could not be reached for comment, and attempts to solicit comment from the ANC’s regional chairman, Tshitereke Matibe, were also unsuccessful.

A member of the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC), who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not officially tasked with speaking to the media about the matter, said the alleged attack incident in Musina would be part of crucial cases to be discussed during the next PEC meeting.

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