The Department of Correctional Services has confirmed that the Nelson Mandela Bay ANC councillor Gamalihleli Maqula who stabbed Democratic Alliance (DA) chief whip Werner Senekal had a previous conviction.
Maqula is currently serving a non-custodial sentence for kidnapping and beating an 18-year-old boy in Kwazakhele in 2014.
Police spokesman Captain Andre Beetge told reporters that the councillor descended heavily on the boy with knives, and other metal objects for housebreaking.
In August 2015, he was convicted and sentenced to three years under correctional supervision and 12 months’ imprisonment suspended for five years.
For now, the Nelson Mandela Bay Ward 19 African National Congress (ANC) councillor is currently out on R1000 bail following his involvement in last week’s council brawl.
ANC councillor Lungisa allegedly smashed a glass jug on DA councillor, Rano Kayser’s head while Gamalihleli Maqula stabbed DA chief whip on the back during the fracas.
28-year-old Maqula, together with 39-year-old Andile Lungisa, handed themselves over at the Humewood police station, where they were immediately arrested and charged to court.
As stipulated by the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court, their bail conditions include avoiding similar assault incidents and not interfering with the investigation.
The case has been postponed to January 17, 2017.
For the time being, the DA-led metro has vowed to deal with the two opposition councillors. The party said it will fight for its assaulted member till the law takes its course.
Clashes during metro council sitting are gradually becoming a nightmare to many, especially to city mayors around the country and other concerned citizens. Since after the election, opposition groups in many metros have clashed with one another during council sittings.
In September, the EFF clashed with Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba during council sitting after he turned back some aggrieved community members. In the same month, the ANC picked on the DA in Tshwane, staging an EFF-like protest against the DA mayor Solly Msimanga.