Watch: DA provincial leader Solly Msimanga assaulted

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng earlier today released a statement in which it praised the SAPS for their swift response after the party’s provincial leader, Solly Msimanga, was physically assaulted.

Msimanga’s assailant can be heard in a video saying Msimanga owes him money. However, the man, who has now been arrested, has since made a public apology and said that Msimanga does not owe him any money.

The DA explained, “In a video on social media, Mr Msimanga can be seen bleeding from the mouth and head, while being accused by the assailant of being a thief and owing money. Mr Msimanga categorically asserts that he owes no one any such money and will consider laying charges against the assailant.”

Mr Msimanga was reportedly on a social visit to his cousin in Benoni when the assailant, a business partner of the cousin, attacked Mr Msimanga’s family member.

The DA said it condemns the vicious and criminal attack on its Provincial Leader, saying: “No one has the right to take the law into their own hands, and compromise the rights of others, as what occurred today. Violence is definitely not the answer.”