GWANDA magistrate, Douglas Zvenyika, on Tuesday adjourned the joint trial of Insiza MP Andrew Langa, Donnie Dlamini and Spare Sithole who are accused of insulting and assaulting opposition MDC candidate, Siyabonga Ncube, during the hotly contested 2005 electio
The trial, which began on Tuesday, is set to continue on September 13 after the complainant, Ncube took the stand the whole day testifying against the three.
The prosecutor, Tavengwa Sangster, told the court that on January 22, 2005 the accused had insulted and assaulted Ncube.
Langa, who is also Environment and Tourism deputy minister, is accused of contravening Section 3(2) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act by making use of threatening language in a public place. Langa found Ncube checking for his name on the voter’s roll at Avoka primary school and was incensed by his presence.
Langa then allegedly threatened to shoot Ncube, boasting that Zanu PF would protect him.
At the same place, Dlamini who is charged together with Langa, is alleged to have also insulted Ncube. He is alleged to have insinuated that Ncube was a front for white people.
The court also heard that Sithole, who is a Zanu PF member, assaulted Ncube when the two met at Avoka business centre. Sithole, who is facing charges of common assault, is said to have poked Ncube in the face before assaulting him.
Thomson Mabhikwa of Mabhikwa, Likhwa and Nyathi, representing the accused, argued that they did not act in that manner as there were police officers present.
Mabhikwa alleged that his clients were irked by the fact that members of the commission where a report was made of the assault were putting on MDC regalia. — Staff Writer.