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Sun Apr 20 02:43:48 SAST 2014

Villagers see off DA's Mazibuko

THANDO MGAGA | 05 February, 2013 00:09
DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko. File photo.
Image by: Trevor Samson

DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko was yesterday prevented from visiting an 82-year-old rape victim in KwaSwayimane, in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

Mazibuko and her party were met by a group of about 25 people carrying rakes, pickaxes, shovels, pangas and sickles outside the grandmother's house.

They distributed pamphlets that read: "Go die DA and your money, we don't want your help."

ANC ward councillor Mduduzi Goba described the visit as an insult while a local politician, who is related to the victim, blocked the DA from entering the home.

"The DA was never here when she was raped seven months ago. She was healing and she got stressed and ill again because the DA wanted to score political points," the relative said.

Area chief Prince Gcumisa said the DA should have sought permission before attempting to visit the granny.

Mazibuko eventually threw in the towel and headed to the police station to lay charges of intimidation and incitement of political violence against the ANC.

The ANC's Moses Mabhida secretary, Supa Zuma, denied party members blocked the DA's visit.

Mazibuko said she would return.

Two grannies , aged 94 and 82, were raped in the area last year. The 82-year-old's rapist, 27, was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Police spokesman Lieutenant Joey Jeevan confirmed that the DA had lodged a complaint against the victim's relative, and against ANC councillors Thulani Thusi and Goba.

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