Boy Mamabolo’s shooting is not political – Jossey Buthane

2014-09-18 14:14

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Economic Freedom Fighters Limpopo coordinator Jossey Buthane has denied that politics was behind the shooting of ANC branch chairperson Boy Mamabolo in Polokwane last week.

Buthane today distanced his party from the matter, saying he was in court to support attempted murder accused Jacob Lebogo as a “personal and childhood friend” and not in his capacity as an EFF leader.

“There is nothing political with what had happened [and] there is no rivalry [involved]. Lebogo is not an EFF member so you can’t bring in EFF into this matter,” he said.

“I am here as a personal and childhood friend of Lebogo and the humanity in me drove me to come and support him through his difficult time. There is nowhere the EFF is featuring and there is nothing political. This was a pure issue of people who met at a different place far from politics and did what they did.”

Buthane left the ANC to join the EFF in October last year and soon moved up the ranks to the position of provincial coordinator, in a move that led to criticism from people who believed he was favoured due to his friendship with Malema. Buthane is now a member of the provincial legislature for the EFF.

Although Lebogo had never declared himself a member of the EFF he was regularly seen with Malema.

He was last spotted with Malema when he accompanied him to a voting station in Seshego during the May 7 general elections.

ANC members said they regarded Lebogo as an EFF member because of his close relationship with Malema.

Acquaintances of the three said Malema, Mamabolo and Lebogo grew up in the same neighbourhood in Seshego as friends.

They were all active in politics and went on to join the ANC Youth League, which Malema ultimately led at a national level and Lebogo served as Limpopo secretary.

While at the helm of the youth league, Malema had a political falling out with Mamabolo and the two were often involved in public spats.

An uncle of Mamabolo, called Sunny, was this week quoted in the media as saying: “We never thought Boy and [Lebogo’s] differences could end in a tragedy”.

Meanwhile, except for the well-known face of Buthane, no EFF colours were seen in court during Lebogo’s appearance. The ANC colours were visible inside and outside the Polokwane Magistrates’ Court, where Lebogo was released on R5 000 bail.

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