He was arrested on Monday following a scuffle at the Alexandra Police Station.
Mphahlele appeared before the Alexandra Magistrate Court on Tuesday afternoon on charges of intimidation, assault, public violence and interfering with police work.
During an interview with the Alex Reporter after his release, the EFF councillor said he didn’t know or understand why he was arrested.
“We had brought the suspected rapist to the police station to be arrested, however the officers did not arrest him instead he was told to sit down in the charge office, we then asked why he was not arrested. Then an argument broke out between officers and the angry residents.”
Mphahlele says he was pepper-sprayed by the police during the scuffle.
“One officer threatened to strike the residents with a chair and then one of the residents poured water onto the officers and we got pepper sprayed. I could not see.”
His version of events are however different from those articulated by Alexandra police spokesperson, Sergeant Simphiwe Mbatha, while confirming Mphahlele’s arrest on Monday.
Mbatha told the Alex Reporter that: “Suspect together with a group of residents stormed our police station on Sunday demanding the release of a suspect accused of rape. I can confirm that a 35-year-old man is in police custody for assaulting our officers and staff members.”
Mphahlele has meanwhile dismissed claims that his arrest was politically motivated.
Mnangagwa’s regime has denied claims of human rights abuses, describing them as the work of those bent on tarnishing the country’s image. Pic: Reuters
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has asked the African Union to intervene in the political crisis in Zimbabwe.
Numsa held a picket outside the Zimbabwean Embassy in Pretoria against what it terms Zimbabwe’s authoritarian regime.
The protest comes amid concerns over Emmerson Mnangagwa’s regime.
In August that country’s Catholic Bishops Conference wrote a letter, saying the country was suffering from a multi-layered crisis, including economic collapse, deepening poverty, corruption and human rights abuses.
The government in Zimbabwe, however, denounced the letter as an evil message meant to stoke a Rwanda-type genocide.
Alex Reporter’s Cliff Shiko tracked Numsa’s protest against the Zim government.
Gauteng – Voters in Alexandra, Johannesburg, eagerly queued
into the early hours of yesterday morning to cast their votes, only to be disappointed;
as voting stations proved to be ill-prepared.
Nokuthula Special School had queued from around 5a.m., but were only able to
cast their votes in a torch-lit room, following a power outage which began on Monday,
6th May 2019.
also widespread issues of ballot paper shortages throughout Alexander. Nokuthula
Special School and Realogile High School are amongst the areas that reported
were not shy to share their frustrations from the long queues.
woke up excited to cast our votes for change, but we were disappointed to find
out there was no electricity. We should be done voting by now,” said
Nomanithini Mbhele who braced the cold weather conditions to cast her vote.
Gauteng Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) representative Boitumelo Monkai says despite the challenges, the IEC was confident in delivering on its constitutional mandate; and this was illustrated when they promptly dealt with the ballot paper shortages and Section 24 forms in Alexander. – Alex FM, Gauteng (Edited by Philile Masango)