DA shocked after Midvaal mayor attacked allegedly by ANC members

The DA’s Charity Moyo says Bongani Baloyi went to a nearby police station to open a case against the attackers and was followed by one of them, who then allegedly lied to the police, saying Baloyi had attacked him.

Midvaal Mayor Bongani Baloyi addressing the crowd at the DA's election manifesto. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has expressed its shock after Midvaal mayor Bongani Baloyi was assaulted by alleged African National Congress (ANC) members today.

It's understood Baloyi was attacked by ruling party members in ward 11 during the Midvaal Municipality's launch of Arbor Day.

When Baloyi took the podium for his address, it's understood the suspects grabbed the microphone away from him and then hit him with a rock.

The DA’s Charity Moyo says Baloyi went to a nearby police station to open a case against the attackers and was followed by one of them, who then allegedly lied to the police, saying Baloyi had attacked him.

“Both the mayor and the suspect were placed under arrest and were both released on R500 bail.”