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MBABANE – Summons have been issued against The Nation Magazine Editor Bheki Makhubu for allegedly insulting Mbabane Magistrate Phathaphatha Mdluli.

Makhubu is alleged to have made unpalatable statements to the magistrate in a telephone conversation on Tuesday.

According to a copy of the charge sheet, which this publication has in its possession, Mdluli alleges that Makhubu used insultive words when he said: "YePhathaphatha ungijwayela kabi uyati fuseki, f*** you."

This can be loosely translated to mean stay out of my business.

Makhubu, according to the charge sheet, is charged with two counts of Contempt of Court for insulting the said magistrate in his capacity as a judicial officer.

According to reliable sources, Makhubu called the magistrate on Tuesday morning after newspaper reports to the effect that the magistrate had cited Makhubu during a drink-driving case.

Mdluli is said to have told one Nhlanhla Kunene, a repeat drink-driving offender, that he seemingly had a problem as he kept being held for the same offence.

He further warned Kunene and another drink-driver that they should accept that they had a drinking problem and seek professional intervention.

"I have said this to Bheki Makhubu, who is The Nation Magazine Editor and Mike Cornwell that they should first accept that they have a problem then seek intervention or help," he said.

Cornwell and Makhubu were both once arrested for allegedly driving while under the influence of liquor.

Sources said Makhubu made a call to the magistrate on Tuesday, but did not find him and left a message that the magistrate should call him back.


Makhubu is expected to appear before Mdluli on December 20, 2012 for a summary trial.

When contacted, Makhubu said he had not as yet received any summons.

"However, if there are any, then I will state my case in court," he said.


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