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ANC MP appears in court for beating up principal

ANC MP Andile Lili appears in Khayelitsha Magistrate Court today for allegedly assaulting a school principal in November.

Lili allegedly slapped an Enkanini primary school principal as well as a teacher during a meeting. Ezitshisayo source said Lili who is a chairperson of the school governing body at the school had a disagreement with the principal.

He allegedly clapped him but was quickly restrained by a teacher. It is alleged that he beat the teacher up for intervening.

“He was angry during a meeting about a project that is being run at the school. Lili lost his temper and slapped the principal,” said Ezitshisayo source.

Lili however denied beating up anybody. He said the who issue is a cooked-up case that is meant to slow down the project.

“People who know that they will not be part of the leadership of this project are doing everything to derail it. They say I beat up this person three weeks ago, why is the case being opened only now. It’s all cooked up but the magistrate will look into these allegations,” Lili said.

Lili was also in Bellville Magistate’s court last week on 19 January where he was supposed to be sentenced. Lili has been convicted on two counts of attending illegal gatherings outside the Bellville Magistrates Court on 12 August 2014 and 28 July 2015.

He was also convicted of inciting members of Ses’khona People’s Movement to kill outside the court on 28 July 2015. He was also convicted of assault common after he threatened to send his ‘ants’ to shoot complaints in the case against him

Lili’s case has been postponed to March 2 and 3 March 2023 and the magistrate will then decided on a date to hand down the sentence.

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