- A junior EFF member was sent home from work when she refused to greet the party's chief whip, Bunga Ntsangani
- The woman says she felt victimised when she was forced to greet the man who allegedly assaulted her last year
- But Ntsangani sais he didn't inentioannly assault her, adding she was the one who assaulted him
It's been reported that a North West junior EFF member was sent packing when she refused to greet the party's chief whip, Bunga Ntsangani.
It's believed Ntsangani physically and verbally assaulted her in 2017.
The woman, who did not want to be named, said in an interview she felt victimised by Papiki Babuile, the provincial secretary, when he forced her to greet Ntsangani.
Briefly.co.za gathered that in November, the woman took Ntsangani to court for the alleged assault. The case will be heard in court again on 17 April
The member, who is an admin clerk at the party's provincial legislature, said she would never greet Ntsangani.
"He damaged our relationship by the time he assaulted me. When I see him it reminds me of that time when he said he was going to cut my private parts," she said.
According to Sunday World, Ntsangani confirmed he and the clerk did not get along.
Ntsangani said the woman found himself, Papiki, Thabo Setlhogo and Alfred Motsi in his office, preparing to go to a meeting.
The chief whip said Babuile then asked her why she did not greet, adding that he didn't expect her to greet him, but the others in his office.
Ntsangani said: "I know that she will never greet me because of our case. I know she wants me to make mistakes, so that I can fight her and get into trouble."
According to Ntsangani, he didn't intentionally assault the woman, but that she was the one who assaulted him: "While putting her hands on my neck trying to strangle me, I pushed her back and she fell on a printer.".
The chief whip said the clerk belonged to another faction of the EFF in the province, the party's chairwoman Betty Diale. Ntsangani said he was in the group that supports Babuile, who is the party provincial secretary.
Meanwhile, Babuile confirmed the incident: "It is unethical that employees, when they get to work they do not greet each other. In any workplace we must continuously encourage a good working relationship among staff members because our office is a public office."
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