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CLASH WITH BUSINESSMAN, SA ACTOR: MZWAKHE MYENI ARRESTED

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MANZINI - Musician and local producer, Mzwakhe Myeni has been arrested and charged with the alleged assault of a businessman and hurling insults at a former Uzalo actor.


This is a new twist to the events which occurred in December 2018, where the musician opened a criminal case against the actor, Simphiwe Melusi Nxumalo famously known as ‘Bob 90’ and local businessman, Nhlanhla Macingwane.
Myeni (40) of Madonsa in recorded statements, at the time, alleged that the duo severely assaulted him with fists and kicks while Nxumalo held both his hands tight.


The producer alleged that after assaulting him, the two demanded unpaid money and claimed they were not paid for performances or honouring invites during the event themed ‘Eswatini Christmas Blestival’ held at Mavuso Trade Centre during the same year.


The businessman and Nxumalo were arrested and charged with allegedly assaulting Myeni. They were charged with offences which included malicious injury to property and crimen injuria among others.
The duo had also opened a case against Myeni.


Offences


Myeni made a court appearance before Magistrate Dumisa Mazibuko yesterday after he was arrested and charged with two criminal offences: common assault and crimen injuria.
When he appeared in court, the musician was informed of his charges and he said he knew nothing about them.
“Nkhosi yenkantolo angiwati lamacala,” Myeni said


The accused is alleged to have assaulted Macingwane by threatening to assault him on December 26, 2018 while at the Manzini Police Station.
Myeni is said to have further injured, insulted and impaired the dignity of Nxumalo by uttering words of gross impertinence relating to his condition (albinism).
In statements submitted in court, Nxumalo alleged that Myeni insulted him while trying to sort out a misunderstanding at the police station.


“While I was telling my side of the story, he started hurling insults at me in the presence of the police. He made fun of my condition. I apologised, stood up and left the police station as I did not want to hear more of the insults,” he said in the statements.
Meanwhile, Macingwane alleged that he was threatened with assault by Myeni at the police station.
Meanwhile, in 2018, Myeni in his recorded statements alleged he had met the former Uzalo actor at a filling station and he informed him that he wanted to promote his new album during his show and further requested for a slot.
“I agreed that he perform during my show, however, we did not have any agreement pertaining to him getting paid as he was the one who had approached me.


“I supplied him with instruments and my band and he performed. After the show, he said he needed me to pay him as the crowd loved him,” Myeni alleged.
He added that after requesting for payments, they came to a decision that he ‘thank’ the former Uzalo actor with E1 000, which he would use to fill up petrol on his way back to South Africa.
“On the following day, I slept since I was tired and had my phone off. While sleeping, I heard the sound of a vehicle which was being driven recklessly.


“When I went outside, I found the same man with his friends, who assaulted me while he held both my hands. I was assaulted in full view of my children and wife, who were traumatised,” Myeni alleged at the time.
The accused was remanded out of custody as he was released on his own recognisance until January 20, 2020 pending the setting of his trial date.

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