The Western Cape Court has finally acquitted Faiez Jacobs, Western Cape ANC secretary of assault charges levelled against him.
The court found the State’s case was too poor to proceed with prosecution, as Jacobs has always maintained he acted in self-defence during the attack.
The National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila confirmed the withdrawal of the charges on Tuesday.
Jacobs court battle started in 2015 after ANC staff member Wesley Seale opened a case against him for allegedly assaulted him during an argument over a report at the party offices in Cape Town.
An image of Seale’s bloodied face went viral on Facebook at the time and he was believed to have received seven stitches on his left ear.
Marius Fransman, who was ANC Western Cape chairperson at the time acknowledged the incident involving the two men.
“The current deputy provincial secretary, Thandi Manikivana, will be acting provincial secretary until the matter has been fully resolved. The staff researcher remains on leave for the next two weeks,” said Fransman.
After Seale opened an assault case against Jacobs, he resigned from his post and later became a lecturer at Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape.
A Facebook post by ANC activist Anda Bici which made rounds then alleged Seale was assaulted by Jacobs because he couldn’t write an organisational report.
Bici wrote: “What kind of an ANC elected leader that assaults a staff member? Inside the ANC offices? What kind of a provincial secretary can’t write an organisational report? It’s a constitutional responsibility of a secretary to write and prepare reports, not a staff member.
“Wishing Cde Wesley Seale a speedy recovery. Lay charges with SAPS & ANC chief. Unmask & Expose!”
The ANC disciplinary committee had previously found Jacobs guilty for the incident and had suspended him for 18 months.
However, his sentence was suspended for three years on condition that he not be found guilty for any incident of misconduct during this period.
Faiez Jacobs alleged via his lawyer during his trial that his prosecution is based on factionalism within the ANC in the Western Cape.