Lower XR Cllr’s office burned

2016-04-28 06:00
Jabu Mfusi, ANC PEC member and Councillor Mzuzile Mpondwana after the fire. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Jabu Mfusi, ANC PEC member and Councillor Mzuzile Mpondwana after the fire. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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The fight about the choice of candidate councillors took a nasty turn after four men allegedly stormed into a constituency office of the ANC in Lower Crossroads during a meeting, fired shots and then set fire to the premises.

The incident took place last week on Wednesday, and although there was extensive damage to the offices, no one was injured.

According to Ward 35 Councillor Mzuzile Mpondwana, “four boys” who were carrying firearms petrol in 2 litre containers disrupted the meeting in progress, sending community leaders present running for their lives.

Although he had left the meeting a little while earlier, he said witnesses related to him what had transipred during his brief absence. His house is not far from the venue.

“They also fired shots at a car belonging to one of our memebrs on their way out.”

“Luckily, no one was hurt in the process. Everything that was in my office burned to ashes. The “boys” are unknown(to people in the area). They were sent to do this. The motive behind all this is that some people have ambitions of becoming a councillor here.

Other community members have their preferred candidate. Some of the community members who are causing this thing are members of ANC and some are not,” Mpondwana said.

He said this comes after a group of about 10 community members marched to his house and demanded that he “vacate” the office.

City Vision has reported extensively about these protests and factions in the past, the latest being in the edition of March 31 2016.

The 2016 Local Government elections are due to take place on 03 August.

On 7 April, City Vision also reported about the burning down of the house of Councillor Themba Honono of Ward 108 in Mfuleni, which was first vandalised and his car also damaged, allegedly by a group of residents who were evicted by Law Enforcement from a land they had previously illegally occupied.

Councillor Lubabalo Makeleni was lucky to escape unharmed after he was targeted by angry residents in Du Noon, recently.

Jabu Mfusi, Provincial Executive Committee member, together with other community leaders, came to assess the damage at the office on last Thursday. Mfusi strongly condemned the incidents of arson and vandalism targeted at councillors.

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