Councillor broke my arm

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October 24, 2016
Councillor broke my arm

ASSAULTED: Fish Hoek resident Michael Kerr

DA member charged with 'assault'.

Police are investigating a case against a DA ward councillor who allegedly kicked a man’s arm broken during a brawl.

Councillor for Ward 61, Simon Liell-Cock, is expected to appear in court next Monday on a charge of common assault, after a fight over parking space.

It all started when Liell-Cock, 56, blocked Fish Hoek resident Michael Kerr, 57, in his driveway on Wednesday afternoon.

Michael explains: “I was taking my wife, who is very frail, to the shops when I couldn’t leave my driveway because the Land Rover was parked there.”

He noticed a councillor disk in the windscreen and went to enquire at the nearby provincial offices, where he was told the car belonged to Liell-Cock.

Michael says he was angry by that point and asked the councillor to move his vehicle, threatening to “put his tyres down” if he didn’t.

“At first he apologised and said he thought it was a parking bay but he still didn’t want to move his car,” Michael says.

“As we left the building, he accused me of pushing him when he turned into me, then he put his finger in my face.”

They continued to stry all the way to the car.


PROBED: DA Ward Councillor Simon Liell-Cock

“As I was looking for a key to put out his tyre, I bent down and before I even touched his car, he kicked me on my arm. He also tried to kick me in my private parts, then I turned,” he says.

“We had a quick brawl, it lasted about six seconds.

“As I drove off, I immediately saw my arm swelling.”

Liell-Cock said he did not want to comment “because the matter is with the courts now”.

Police spokesperson Constable Noloyiso Rwexana confirmed a case of common assault was opened for investigation.

“A 56-year-old man was arrested and released on a notice to appear 31 October,” she says.

The ANC’s Xolani Sotashe says the alleged victim approached his party for help.

“We can’t have bouncers in council, because that is how some of them act like. We call on the DA to institute disciplinary action against this councillor,” he says.

The Democratic Alliance did not respond to Daily Voice queries by last night.

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