EFF members hand themselves in after ‘burning councillors’ houses’

2014-10-07 11:02

Four Economic Freedom Fighters members have handed themselves to police after six houses, some belonging to Nala municipality councillors, were burnt down in the Free State on Friday.

“They are EFF members. They were wearing the T-shirts of their organisation when they handed themselves over yesterday to Bothaville police,” Free State police spokesperson, Captain Stephen Thakeng, said.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi could not immediately be reached to verify if the four were party members.

They were charged with public violence, arson, attempted murder and malicious damage to property, and would appear in the Bothaville Magistrates’ Court today.

On Friday, six houses were torched in the township of Kgotsong, four of them belonging to councillors. A library was also set alight.

Twelve people were subsequently arrested and appeared in court yesterday. They are Sam Ndlovu (31), Koos Motsili (29), Jona Mabunda (28), Carlos Machava (31), Sello Malefane (42), Mokete Namola (41), Moses Xaba (30), David Schalkwyk (24), Serame Khumalo (24) and Motlalepule Chaana (18).

The other two, Godfrey Tsoai (51) and Plaatjie Ndisisa (30), appeared separately.

Their case was postponed to October 13 for a bail application.

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