Julius Malema ‘ally’ wanted for shooting Boy Mamabolo

2014-09-15 09:13

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Limpopo police are looking for an associate of Julius Malema who allegedly shot and injured the Economic Freedom Fighters leader’s childhood friend and now political foe Boy Mamabolo in Polokwane.

The suspect is known for having been Malema’s lieutenant during his heyday in the ANC Youth League. He also occupied a powerful position in the provincial youth league structure.

Mamabolo, an ANC branch chairperson in Malema’s neighbourhood, was allegedly shot following a brief argument and scuffle during a Metro FM party at about 10pm last night. Police said the party was cut short to allow them to gather evidence.

The suspect had reportedly managed to enter the party with a firearm and later fired five shots inside the venue. Four people, including Mamabolo, were injured.

Police said Mamabolo was in a serious but stable condition at a local hospital.

“Three other people were also shot. One was hit in the nose and the other two in the lower body,” said police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

“It seems like two of the three men were with Mamabolo when they were shot. A case of attempted murder was opened and we’re still looking for the suspect.”

Although police would not confirm it, City Press understands that Mamabolo was shot by a former friend, who is still close to expelled ANC Youth League leader Malema.

Those in political circles said Mamabolo, Malema and the man accused of shooting him grew up together as friends and neighbours in Seshego township outside Polokwane.

They had similar political passions but Mamabolo had a fallout with Malema, who was then leading the youth league at national level.

The two were engaged in a bitter row, in which Mamabolo reportedly admitted to having threatened to exhume the body of Malema’s mother from the grave and leave it at his house.

Malema laid charges against Mamabolo following an SMS in which he made the threats but the charges were withdrawn in court.

Mamabolo, an ANC branch chairperson in Malema’s neighbourhood, was regarded as one of the brave who were able to stand up to Malema when he was still a powerful youth leader in the ANC.

The man sought by police for shooting him has been seen in public with Malema. He was last seen accompanying him when he went to cast his vote in the national government elections in May.

Although he has not yet declared himself a member of the Economic Freedom Fighters, the suspect was seemingly treated as one due to his close ties to Malema.

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