Andile Lungisa appeals assault sentence

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The ANC in the Nelson Mandela Bay region says it respects the decision of the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court which has sentenced the party’s member, Andile Lungisa to two years in prison and one year suspended.

He was convicted of assaulting DA councillor, Rayno Kayser with a jug during a council meeting brawl in 2016. ANC regional secretary is Themba Xatula.

”We encourage cde lungisa to make an application & lawyers are busy with that now. It’s a magistrate decision we’re respecting that.”

Lungisa is appealing the sentence. The appeal will be heard in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s ourt on Wednesday afternoon.

Lungisa pleaded not guilty to the charges during the trial. Video footage of Lungisa as the attacker was admitted as evidence. Lungisa smashed a glass water jug over Kayser’s head during a brawl in the council chambers in 2016.

When he was convicted, the court found there was no reason for him to hit Kayser.

The magistrate labelled Lungisa’s version of events as evasive with inconsistencies and contradictions.

Another ANC councillor, Gamalihleli Maqula, was acquitted earlier in the trial. He also faced a charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm stemming from the same council meeting. He was accused of stabbing the DA’s Werner Senekal in the back with a sharp object.