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navyTimeslive reports that military police are investigating a charge of assault against the navy’s head of maritime strategy‚ David Mkhonto‚ who allegedly attacked one of his subordinates in his Simon’s Town office last year.  

It emerged last week that Mkhonto allegedly used his knobkerrie when confronting Lieutenant-Commander Sylvester Vulani Mangolele‚ technical and support and services manager of the navy’s systems support centre.  Documents reveal that Mangolele reported the assault to the chief of the Simon’s Town base in November, but did not receive a reply.  He then reported the matter to military police on 26 February.  Mangolele claims the personal feud stems from a fall-out over his controversial report into the state of the navy’s workshops.  He says he has been victimised since submitting the report, which paints a bleak picture but which has yet to be formally released.  Mangolele has since been hauled before a military tribunal for allegedly bunking duties and has been served with notice of possible suspension.  He has also been served with an eviction notice to vacate his navy accommodation in Simon’s Town overlooking the navy base.  Mkhonto is a witness in both legal matters.

  • Read this report by Bobby Jordan in full at Times Select (paywall access)


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