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Cape Town - Five women will appear in court for allegedly trying to set a man and his child alight, Western Cape police said on Wednesday.

Captain Frederick van Wyk said the women, aged 37 to 45, confronted the 36-year-old man at his home in Joe Slovo Park, in Milnerton, Cape Town on Monday.

"They became aggressive and one of them sprayed the complainant with pepper spray in the face," he said.

"They also threw petrol over him and his child and one lit a match, but the complainant quickly grabbed a knife and drove off the attackers."

Van Wyk said the group apparently vowed to return later and kill the man and his family.
No injuries were sustained.

The Cape Argus identified the man as SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) Joe Slovo Park leader Luthando Lekevana.

Lekevana reportedly alleged that the group had been recruiting friends and family from outside the settlement to work on a MyCiTi bus project.

"They are angry because I have been asked by the community to make sure she [the leader of the women] stops," he was quoted as saying.

Van Wyk said the women were arrested on Tuesday.

They would appear in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Thursday on attempted murder charges.
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