Barberton - An African National Congress councillor candidate in Mpumalanga is recovering in hospital after unknown gunmen attacked and shot him in the leg and hip.
Mandla Mamba, a candidate for Ward 45 in Emjindini township near Barberton, was admitted to the Barberton General Hospital following the shooting on Saturday night.
"We were about five of us and accompanying one of our friends to his home at around 21:00 when we came across a Toyota Quantum nearby a liquor outlet.
"At first, I thought the driver was attempting to bump us and drive away, as he missed us with inches. A few metres away, it stopped and a group of men alighted off and started shooting at us without asking any questions," said Mamba, speaking from his hospital bed on Wednesday.
Mamba said he and his friend, Swenkie Mashaba, were the only ones injured during the shooting.
The Barberton police station branch commander, Lieutenant Colonel Johannes Pilusa, confirmed the incident.
"Police have opened a case of attempted murder. No one has been arrested yet, but investigations are continuing," Pilusa said.
This is the second violent incident involving Mamba within the past 30 days.
On June 16, Mamba was stabbed in the hand during an ANC Youth League event commemorating Youth Day.
He was admitted to the same hospital, where he received stitches and was discharged the next morning.
Last week, Mamba was in the news again when he filed a R300 000 defamation lawsuit against outgoing ANC councillor in Umjindi, Anthea Mthunywa.