‘MEC tried to block arrest of her son’

Gauteng MEC for community safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane allegedly threatened a female police officer when she attempted to arrest her son a day after Freedom Day, April 27.

It is alleged that Nkosi-Malobane, who is the political boss of police in the province, called the officer stupid and incompetent and accused her of having taken a bribe from Orlando Pirates legend Williams Okpara.

This came after Williams Okpara Junior, 25, son of the legendary footballer, opened a case of common assault and intimidation against Nkosi-Malobane’s son Mzamo Tony Nkosi and his ex-girlfriend late last month after they accused him of abusing their relative.

Sunday World understands that the officer, Sergeant Lydia Matlapeng, who is attached to Alexandra police station, informed her superiors that the MEC also threatened to beat her up if she went ahead and arrested her son.

These details about the MEC’s alleged rantings against the officer were confirmed by two of Matlapeng’s colleagues, one of whom was at the scene.

According to his affidavit, seen by Sunday World, Okpara Jnr was allegedly roughed up by Mzamo and his baby mama Philisiwe Pride Nkomo outside the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court. He said they punched him while he was walking with his lawyer and mother Stella.

He stated that his lawyer and mother tried to stop the two, to no avail. He told police that they chased him down the passage of the court building until the parking lot outside.

Source: Sowetan