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mantasheSaturday Citizen reports that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe is facing possible prosecution for common assault.  

In a statement to police in Boksburg, Orapeleng Ben Setlhauno, president of the SA National Mining Council, said that the minister instructed police to “deal” with him during the mining summit held in July.  The 54-year-old said that after the instruction, police slapped and kicked him as they dragged him out of the summit, breaking his left leg, in full view of other delegates.  Setlhauno said his “crime” at the summit was objecting to the former Chamber of Mines of SA using its new name, the Mineral Council South Africa, in the programme, as the name was subject to legal challenge.  He indicated in his statement that the programme director on the day, Sello Helepi, ordered him to sit and, when he refused, “… Mantashe went to the mike uninvited [by Helepi].  He order (sic) the police to deal with me”.  Setlhauno, of Mafikeng in North West, said that after that instruction, about eight police officers approached him and told him to leave.  When he refused, the officers apparently attacked him.  Boksburg North police spokesperson Captain Pearl van Staad said the case had been elevated to provincial detectives for investigation.  “The docket was sent to the deputy director of public prosecutions for a decision on October 24 and has not returned yet.  I can confirm that the suspect is Mr Gwede Mantashe,” she added.

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