ANC MP recovering after attack

2013-04-08 11:33

ANC MP Sue van der Merwe was recovering well after she was assaulted during a robbery at her Cape Town home, her brother has said.

“She is recovering well from her injuries and will be returning to her parliamentary duties in the near future,” said Gordon Young.

He said security company ADT and police responded rapidly to the situation and police were investigating various leads.

Van der Merwe (58) was attacked in her Rondebosch home just before 9pm on Friday.

According to a report, two men assaulted and strangled her until she lost consciousness. They fled when her son arrived home.

However, Young denied his sister lost consciousness.

“No, no, she didn’t lose consciousness,” he said.

“Sue van der Merwe and her family are grateful to them (ADT and the police) and to the many friends who have offered support.”

The ANC MP worked for the Black Sash in Cape Town from 1988 to 1991, The Times reported.

She became an MP in 1996 and served as deputy minister of foreign affairs from 2004 to 2009. She was a parliamentary counsellor to the president from 2001 to 2004.

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