Solly Msimanga, the former DA Mayor of Tshwane and also MPL, got into trouble with an unknown man, who beat him up for allegedly owing him R1.4 million.
The incident took place inside an unspecified factory in Ekurhuleni. The altercation was filmed on camera and its video clip went viral on social media.
In the video, Msimanga could be seen speaking on the phone with his mouth bleeding.
In the background, there is a voice of man, who could be heard accusing Msimanga of being a thief and corrupt.
Leader of the opposition in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature and former mayor of Tshwane Solly Msimanga was involved in an altercation with as yet an unnamed man allegedly over money. More details to follow. https://t.co/5lc8bjNAk4
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He shouted “You are a thief. You owe me money and I want it. You f***g thief”.
The accuser then mentioned that Msimanga owed him R1.4 million and he wanted it back. The man didn’t explain what was that money for.
The unidentified man said “Do you think I am dumb? You can’t push me and beat me around and think I won’t hit you back”.
He claimed the man had begged him not to lay charges against him in exchange for footing his medical bills.
Msimanga further said he was in Ekurhuleni in Benoni to visit one of his cousins in the area.
He also claimed that he didn’t do business with the man he identified as Mangena.
“This is somebody who is doing business with a family member of mine. My cousin has a shop. I have seen the guy before but I don’t know him”.
He said he didn’t know where the amount of R1.4 million came from.
“I am considering whether I want to press charges against him or that he must publicly apologise for beating me.
Msimanga said the man was arrested after he called the police.
The police told Msimanga not to turn the squabble into a political storm, saying “the police are not for the DA. They are for us citizens of this country.”