Richmond speaker’s car set on fire in second incident

2013-10-07 00:00

RICHMOND council speaker Thulani Shabalala’s new van was set on fire in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Shabalala was targeted for the second time in two months.

The Witness reported last week that attempts had also been made recently to petrol bomb his rondavel and his main house. In this previous attack, his other car was totally destroyed.

Shabalala was later told that his uncle’s tractor was also burnt during the night of the attack on his property.

When contacted for comment yesterday, Shabalala said he would not like to talk about the matter over the phone.

“Phone me tomorrow so that we can arrange a meeting. This is not something that I can talk about over the phone,” he said.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker confirmed the incident. He said two men were yesterday taken in for questioning.

“We can confirm that a case of malicious damage to property is being investigated by Richmond police. Two men were taken in for questioning this morning and investigations are continuing,” he said.

ANC provincial spokesperson Sihle Zikalala said they are working towards finding a solution for the situation.

“We have met with the structures in the area. What is happening there is not accepted. We have plans to go back there soon,” said Zikalala.

Asked about what their findings were when they spoke with the structures, Zikalala said the ANC was not at a stage to talk about the matter.

“We are planning to go back and meet with the structures soon. We can’t talk about what people say seems to be the problem in that area. We are still working on finding a solution,” he said.

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