Councillor in the dock for alleged arson

2015-07-08 19:24
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Mbombela - A Mpumalanga ward councillor accused of leading a march in which the house, vehicle and shop belonging to a community member were set alight, has been released on bail.

Kenneth Mkhonto, together with member of the mayoral committee, Constance Maseko, and six other Mataffin residents, handed themselves over at the Nelspruit police station on Wednesday morning.

The eight are accused of setting alight a house belonging to a fellow community member.

They were charged with malicious damage to property and arson and were not asked to plead when they appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court later on Wednesday.

They were granted R1 000 bail each and the case was postponed to October 2 for further police investigation.

Provincial police spokesperson Sergeant Gerald Sedibe said they were still searching for other suspects.

Outside court, the complainant, Thomas Mahlalela, said damage to his property is estimated at R700 000.

"As I speak, I do not have a home, but a shack that the government's disaster centre provided me so I can have a place to sleep.

"What pains me most is that the councillor and member of the mayoral committee have been implicated in the crime," Mahlalela said.

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