'Charge Shelembe with bid to murder’

2011-06-21 00:00

DISGRUNTLED ANC activists who are staging a sit-in protest at the party’s Moses Mabhida regional offices in Jabu Ndlovu Street want police to investigate a case of attempted murder against Msunduzi Deputy Mayor Alpha Shelembe, who was implicated in the arson attack of the offices last week.

The ANC members, from different parts of Pietermaritzburg, were sleeping in the building when a fire gutted ANC regional treasurer Shelembe’s office.

The office was being used by regional secretary Super Zuma.

Zuma’s driver, Themba Dumisani Mbona, confessed to the arson and was last week sentenced to eight years in prison, three years of which were suspended. In a statement to the court, Mbona said Shelembe had promised him a bribe to set the fire.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Brigadier Phindile Radebe confirmed that Shelembe’s role in the attack is being investigated.

In an interview with The Witness the protesters said the arson attack on Shelembe’s office, which is separated by a wooden partition from the office where they were sleeping, had put their lives at risk. They demanded that police charge Mbona with attempted murder and insist that a similar charge should be laid against Shelembe.

The Witness was reliably informed yesterday that Zuma and his personal assistant were at the ANC offices with police detectives to collect more evidence.

One of the protesters, Nana Mnandi, said elderly ANC activists who had joined the sit-in would have struggled to evacuate the building if the fire had not been quickly detected.

Radebe could not confirm yesterday that an attempted murder charge is part of the investigation.

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