Umtshezi NFP man’s car stoned

2013-10-30 00:00

UMTSHEZI deputy mayor and National Freedom Party (NFP) leader Bhekithemba Dlamini has claimed that ANC supporters caused damage estimated at R50 000 to his Audi A4.

On Saturday afternoon, party Ward 2 branch secretary Mbongeni Hlongwane was driving in the D section of Wembezi in Dlamini’s car, announcing a meeting that was to be held on the following day.

“A group of young men wearing ANC T-shirts blocked the road and stoned my car. They used an assortment of items to damage the car, smashing the windows and damaging the bodywork.

“The secretary and another party member managed to escape unharmed. They said gunshots were also fired,” said Dlamini.

He said his concern was that the police and the ANC were dragging their feet.

“Having reported this to the police the same day, giving them the identity of all those involved, why have there been no arrests? This is not a matter of unknown people attacking my car, we know each other in this area and this happened in broad daylight. We believe that nothing will become of this case since ANC members or supporters are involved,” he said.

The provincial ANC leadership has been informed of the incident, according to Dlamini, but nothing has been done.

Hlongwane said he had identified most of the attackers. “We took refuge at a house in the same area before contacting the police,” he said.

ANC provincial spokesperson Sihle Zikalala said: “At this stage I haven’t heard about the incident involving the deputy mayor’s car. But I must say we have a working relationship with the NFP so if there are any issues, or anything that party leadership wish to raise, we will definitely attend to it.”

Spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said charges of attempted murder and malicious damage to property were under investigation.

No arrests had been made so far.

Umtshezi is one of the most fertile grounds for violent political clashes in the province. In June, a series of meetings between the ANC’s senior leaders and opposition parties were held in an attempt to end the violence.

Several ANC members, including councillor Jimmy Lembede, had been shot and killed in Umtshezi since early last year, while in the same year NFP councillor Mcebisi Duma and some party members were killed.

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