A THREE-YEAR court battle involving 10 branch chairmen of the UDM finally ended last week when the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court found them not guilty of theft.
The officials were accused of the theft of membership books belonging to the party and a flash drive valued at R2500. The court found key state witnesses had lied under oath.
Those accused were Bonisile Lamani, Mveleli Sirayi, Mvuyisi Sirayi, Noziqhamo Nelana, Noxolo Mrwebi, Lungisile Mdushane, Maureen Ngodwana, Vuyisile Sirayi, Zamisele Matabese and Mandlenkosi Tshumsila.
Mveleli said they were excited their names had been cleared. "The matter was previously withdrawn but for some strange reason officials in the organisation wanted us to be prosecuted."
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