Municipal employee’s house petrol bombed

2009-06-22 00:00

YET another Msunduzi Municipality employee has had his home petrol bombed, the second such incident in less than a month.

On Saturday night, a house belonging to Ajay Beharie, a credit control manager for the municipality, was petrol bombed by unknown men in Northdale.

This comes three weeks after a house belonging to another municipal employee was petrol bombed. Flora Tseledi who works for Parks and Recreation was left with damages estimated at around R800 000 when her home in Epworth was attacked.

Beharie said that on Saturday night he nearly lost everything when unknown men petrol bombed his home in Helena Road.

He said he and his wife had just gone to bed when the attackers threw the petrol bombs at the house. One exploded in his garage and the second one hit his bedroom window.

He said they were lucky to escape with their lives. “The petrol bomb that was thrown through the window never went in, but just cracked the window. It was the fire that started in the garage that did the most damage.”

He said the fire had caused damage to his property of at least R1 million.

The fire raged through half of his house and reduced his two cars, a Golf 5 and Audi, to bare metal.

Beharie said he was still baffled by the incident. “If I did a risky job I probably would have thought I had enemies, but I work as a credit controller for the municipality.”

He was also not pleased with the fire department’s lethargic response to the fire.

“I do not want to complain about the municipality because I work for them,” he said. “But they took over 30 minutes to get here and their equipment was not up to scratch as their hoses were leaking.”

Neighbours of Beharie who spoke on condition of anonymity said that his house was deliberately burned down. “I saw three Indian youths throwing the petrol bombs. They started the fire then ran to a white bakkie and drove off,” said one neighbour.

The incident was confirmed by police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram. He said police are investigating a case of arson.

“At this stage, the motive for the incident is unknown, but the police are following the lead about people in a white bakkie who were seen running from the scene.”

He said police do not believe the attack on Beharie’s home is linked to the one on Tseledi’s house.

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