ANC: Jackson Mthembu shooting not politically motivated

2014-10-20 14:23

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The ANC has launched a scathing attack on people who claimed that the shooting of party MP Jackson Mthembu was politically motivated.

“The ANC cautions against any malicious and misleading statements being made to suggest a political motive in this case and calls on those making such statements to desist from flaming distrust and confusion,” spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.

“Criminality of any form and against any individual should never be tolerated and those involved must be brought to book.”

Mpumalanga police said Mthembu was shot in the face while he was withdrawing money at an ATM on Mandela Street in Emalahleni yesterday.

The office of the African National Congress Chief Whip, Stone Sizane, however said Mthembu was shot at close range in the chest and was admitted to the Emalahleni Private Hospital where he was in the intensive care unit.

“Luckily, he was able to drive himself to the nearby hospital, where he is under medical supervision,” chief whip spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said.

Earlier, a family member told the Citizen newspaper: “It is not clear how many times he was shot, but he is in hospital as we speak. I think the shooting was politically motivated.”

The Congress of South African Trade Unions expressed shock at the news of Mthembu’s shooting.

“We salute his courage in driving himself to hospital and send him our best wishes for a speedy and full recovery,” spokesperson Patrick Craven said.

“Cosatu demands that the SAPS [South African Police Service] do everything in their power to find and arrest those responsible for this outrage and bring them to justice as quickly as possible.”

The ANC, the chief whip’s office and Cosatu wished Mthembu a speedy recovery.

Kodwa said the party had been in contact with Mthembu, whom he said was in good spirits.

Mothapo expressed shock on behalf of the chief whip at the shooting.

“We are disturbed and infuriated by this mindless and callous act of criminality and implore the police to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that those savage thugs face the full might of the law,” he said.

“We once again call on all communities to partner with the police to root out criminal elements from our society as part of a collective endeavour to create a crime-free society.”

A case of armed robbery was opened.

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