Arrests made after councillors’ houses bombed

2013-10-03 18:25

Five people were arrested after four houses, including those of two local politicians, were petrol-bombed in Richmond near Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.

The houses of municipal speaker Thulani Shabalala and councillor Douglas Kunene were bombed on Monday morning, said community safety spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane.

Their cars were also damaged.

Community safety MEC Willies Mchunu said the attacks could be linked to service delivery.

“If people are not happy with the service delivery, we have channels that are normally followed where people voice out their concerns.

“Public representatives should be respected as they were democratically elected to their positions. Most of the time when we are approaching elections, we face such incidents.

“In that way, we are convinced that these incidents are politically-related,” he said.

Police Colonel Jay Naicker said five people had been arrested in connection with the attacks.

“They will appear in the Richmond Magistrates’ Court on Monday.”

Police are expected to make more arrests.

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