Shelembe: huge crowd turns out for Arson case

2011-08-19 00:00

FORMER Msunduzi deputy mayor Alpha Shelembe (48) made his second court appearance yesterday in connection with an arson attack on the offices of the ANC in Pietermaritzburg during the night of June 12.

Shelembe, who is on bail of R30 000, attracted a huge crowd of onlookers who thronged the public gallery for his brief appearance before magistrate Reard Abrahams.

Chief prosecutor Sagren Naidoo asked that the case be postponed to October 20 for a regional court trial date and said the state is still awaiting a forensic report.

Shelembe’s arrest on June 23 followed allegations made by a former ANC driver, Themba Mbona, who pleaded guilty to, and was sentenced for, his part in the arson attack, which he claimed he had carried out at Shelembe’s behest. — WR.

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