Nelson Mandela Bay ANC councillor Andile Lungisa’s appeal against his conviction and effective two-year jail sentence has been dismissed in the high court in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown). Lungisa was convicted of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm after he smashed a glass water jug over the head of DA councillor Rano Kayser during a heated council meeting in October 2016. The incident was recorded on another councillor’s cellphone. Kayser sustained serious injuries. Judge Judith Roberson‚ with acting judge Feziwe Renqe agreeing‚ dismissed Lungisa’s appeal against both his conviction and sentence on Tuesday. During conviction proceedings‚ Port Elizabeth magistrate Morne Cannon said Lungisa had proved to be a poor witness who changed his version of events as the trial proceeded. Lungisa is on bail of R10‚000. He was released in May 2018 after serving 16 days of his sentence. After the judgment Lungisa took a swipe at the Eastern Cape high court bench, describing the rul...

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