Woman assaulted outside Luthuli House opens criminal case

ANC (African National Congress) members attack a woman they suspect of being a member of the BLF (Black First Land First) movement, outside the ANC headquarters in Johannesburg. Video: eNCA

JOHANNESBURG – Olivia Maketi, the woman assaulted by a member of the ANC outside Luthuli House, has opened a criminal case at Orange Farm police station outside Johannesburg.

Maketi, who is 52-years-old, was beaten up during a clash between a group aligned around defending the ANC headquarters from outsiders, and groups, including Black First Land first (BLF), opposed to President Zuma leaving office.

Footage of her being kicked several times caused a public uproar, with many criticising police for not intervening.

Thabiso Setona handed himself over to the police. However, he was released as Maketi had not yet opened the case. He has been suspended from the ANC.

He appeared briefly in court on Tuesday in connection with an assault outside Luthuli House.

VIDEO: Woman brutally assaulted outside Luthuli House

Makete and her husband, Robert, had travelled to the ANC's headquarters with a cry for help.

“People like us should have had RDP houses from the ANC a long time ago. Because we have filled in the forms for houses a long time back,” says Robert Makete.

Their only income is two child grants, amounting to R760 per month.

BLF members injured during the same incident joined the couple at Orange Farm police station, where an assault case was opened. Makete says the assailants must answer for their actions.

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