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Mandla Mandela convicted of assault

Nelson Mandela's grandson has been found guilty of assaulting a teacher in Mthatha two years ago.

FILE. Nelson Mandela's grandson, Mandla Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Nelson Mandela's grandson, Mandla has been convicted of assault by a Regional Court in the Eastern Cape.

He was found guilty of assaulting a teacher in Mthatha in 2013 but acquitted on a charge of pointing a firearm.

The charges relate to an apparent road-rage incident.

Magistrate Noluthando Conjwa found the African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP) guilty of assaulting teacher Mlamli Ngudle, during an altercation in the streets of Mthatha two years ago.

Ngudle also claimed the Mvezo chief had pointed a firearm at him during the incident.

But Conjwa found there was no evidence to support this claim.

In court, Mandela had admitted to slapping Ngudle in self-defence after he had attacked him.

ANC WEIGHS IN ON THE VERDICT

The ANC, meanwhile, said it would wait for sentencing before deciding on Mandela's future.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said the party had been trying to get in touch with Mandela to get details of the verdict.

But he said the ANC couldn't pre-empt the outcome of the sentencing proceedings.

Kodwa would not say whether the conviction would affect the ANC MP's future with the party.

"At the moment we can't talk about it because that's not sentencing, those issues will only come after sentencing."

Mandela's lawyer was tight-lipped about his client's feeling on the verdict, but he said they were focussing on mitigating his punishment.

People's sentence to imprisonment without the option of a fine is not eligible to the members of parliament.

Sentencing proceedings for the Mvezo Chief will take place in June.