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‘They tried to stab my eye out’

Land Party leader Gcobani Ndzongana was allegedly attacked in his home, leaving him with stab wounds below his eye.

Relating the incident to Hermanus Times, he said: “The attack occurred at about 20:00, after the Taxi Association held a meeting at the Zwelihle Sports Grounds (read more on page 1).

“It was a group of about 40 people. Petros Dumse [owner of Overberg Towing and an association member] and others had firearms and knives on them. They tried to stab out my eye, but I know self-defence and fought them off. They also tried to hijack me.”

Ndzongana said his front door was broken down and other doors in his home and his furniture were damaged.

Captain Fadila September, spokesperson for Hermanus police, confirmed charges of pointing a firearm, assault and malicious damage to property were being investigated.

“The complainant, Gcobani Ndzongana, reported he was dragged outside into his yard,” she said. “It is also alleged that a firearm was pointed at him.”

He claims he was told by his assailants they had instructions from Overberg Police Cluster Commander Brigadier Donovan Heilbron to attack him.

“I want Heilbron to give me the same permission to fight these taxi bosses,” he said. “I am not scared of them, I will crush them. They must come to me one by one, and not send boys from Cape Town to assassinate me.”

Dumse has denied Ndzongana’s allegations, saying he is distorting facts and details to suit his own agenda.

“While we had the meeting at the stadium Ndzongana held a meeting at Marikana,” he stated. “His people argued with him and went to his home afterwards to fight with him. We heard about it and went to help him, and now he turns around and says we attacked him.

“Ndzongana is losing support, and now he wants to use false claims to gain sympathy. I predicted this [false claim] in the meeting with the police and other officials.”

Heilbron also slammed Ndzongana’s allegations, calling them “malicious and completely unfounded”. “I would advise Ndzongana to speak to his lawyers about these malicious allegations,” he said.

The brigadier also dismissed Ndzongana’s claims that the police fail to react to charges made by Land Party members.

“All cases are treated equally and investigated without fear or favour,” he pointed out. “If he has proof to back his claims he should report it.”

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