The DA’s leader in KwaZulu-Natal, Zwakele Mncwango, has come out in support of his deputy who, on Wednesday, was the subject of crimen injuria charges opened by the ANC. DA KwaZulu-Natal deputy leader — and National Council of Provinces MP — Mergan Chetty was charged over comments he allegedly made in a recorded phone call with a former party member. He is heard using the word "makwerekwere"‚ a derogatory phrase usually aimed at foreign nationals‚ particularly from African countries. "I called you because I wanted to thank you for the posting and greeting … its good … there is life after politics. We cannot become like f**king makwerekwere and fight over our f**king stupid things‚" he says in the recording‚ which has been widely circulated on social media. The charges were opened at the Mountain Rise Police Station in Pietermaritzburg. Mncwango‚ who said the ANC was within its legal rights to open the case‚ accused the party of using the recording to score political points ahead of ...

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