Lamola in fist fight over Mpumalanga premier plot accusations

Former ANC Youth League deputy president Ronald Lamola was involved in a fist fight after being accused of attempting to orchestrate Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza's downfall, the Star reported on Tuesday.

According to the paper, the fight started when the deputy chairperson of Ehlanzeni region Nathaniel Mashile accused Lamola and ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe of secretly meeting and plotting to remove the Mpumalanga premier.

The incident, according to report, took place at Cappello restaurant in Mbombela, Mpumalanga.

"He just accused me, [ANC provincial secretary Lucky] Ndinisa and Gwede of conspiring and having night meetings to remove DD [Mabuza] as premier. I got angry as I didn't know what he was talking about," Lamola was quoted as saying.

He told the paper Mashile threw a bottle at him and he had to retaliate and defend himself.


'He would have hurt me'
"I then stood up and fought back because if I didn't, he would have hurt me badly."

He said he did not open a case against Mashile as he knew him.

Mashile denied being at the restaurant and in a fight with Lamola.

The paper reported that a security guard at Cappello's confirmed that "they [the security guards] had to separate the two because Mashile was 'uncontrollable'." – Sapa

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Sapa
Guest Author

Related stories

Advertising

Subscribers only

Poachers in prisons tell their stories

Interviews with offenders provide insight into the structure of illegal wildlife trade networks

Covid-overflow hospital in ruins as SIU investigates

A high-level probe has begun into hundreds of millions of rand spent by the Gauteng health department to refurbish a hospital that is now seven months behind schedule – and lying empty

More top stories

The politics of the Zuma-Zondo showdown

Any move made by the Zondo commission head or by former president Jacob Zuma must be calculated, because one mistake from either side could lead to a political fallout

Museveni declared winner of disputed Uganda election

Security personnel out in force as longtime president wins sixth term and main challenger Bobi Wine alleges rigging.

Pay-TV inquiry probes the Multichoice monopoly

Africa’s largest subscription television operator says it is under threat amid the emerging popularity of global platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime

​No apology or comfort as another Marikana mother dies without...

Nomawethu Ma’Bhengu Sompeta, whose funeral will be held this weekend, was unequivocal in calling out the government for its response to the Marikana massacre
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…