Cape Town ANC councillor's house petrol bombed

2016-06-17 18:07

Cape Town – A petrol bomb was thrown at an African National Congress ward councillor's house in Khayelitsha on Friday.

The arsonists were aiming for the house, but all they managed to do was "kill an old washing machine in the yard", councillor Amos Komeni told News24.

The Ward 93 councillor said he and his wife were asleep when they heard a loud bang just outside the door around 01:30.

"It sounded like something being thrown against a window. But luckily it landed in the old washing machine outside the house filled with old books, and the fire was contained there," he said.

Komeni said they quickly extinguished the flames before calling police.

"It could have done a lot of damage because that's where we store firewood. My house could have been destroyed," he said.

Komeni put the blame for the attack squarely on ongoing lists disputes within the ANC ahead of the local government elections.

"It's definitely politically motivated. The manner in which the [ANC leadership] handled the lists process is what led to this," he said.

'Dedicated councillor'

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said no arrests had been made.

"The circumstances surrounding an arson case are being investigated after a fire damaged a washing machine outside a residence in Site B, Khayelitsha."

Provincial ANC spokesperson Yonela Diko condemned the "criminal and deliberate act" of attempting to set the ANC councillor's house on fire.

"Amos Komeni, an outgoing ward councillor of Ward 93, has been a very dedicated councillor who has brought great changes in the area and whatever unhappiness there may be with the process of choosing his successor, it has nothing to do with him. The power to ratify ward councillors resides with the PEC and national list committee and not with any individual."

He said the ANC's provincial executive committee would visit the ward so people could air their grievances.

"No individual has the power to make decisions on lists of councillors," said Diko.

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