Gunmen target ruling party candidate’s home

2016-06-09 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Skhumbuzo Ngwane - gunmen opened fire on his home.

PHOTO: supplied Skhumbuzo Ngwane - gunmen opened fire on his home.

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POLICE are investigating an attempted murder case after gunshots were fired on the home of an ANC public relations candidate for the upcoming local government elections in Umzinto.

The incident occurred on Saturday at about 8pm when Skhumbuzo Ngwane (43), and his wife and five-year-old daughter, were enjoying a relaxed evening at home.

Nobody was seriously hurt, but the toddler sustained minor injuries from flying-glass shrapnel.

“I was in the lounge at first, but then went to my bedroom to watch soccer … my wife asked me to park the vehicles in the garage, but I asked her to do it instead. I usually do … the next thing we heard gunshots,” he said.

The shooters aimed at the chair in which Ngwane usually sits. His wife was still outside at the time and he was in his bedroom.

“I suspect that the shooters were watching our movements. I don’t have a fence and the yard is fully accessible,” added Ngwane.

He said the incident is not a deterrent and he will still run as a public relations candidate.

“I am not scared and I will persevere. I want to serve the community and there’s no way I will back down.”

The shooting left his wife, and especially his daughter, traumatised, but the family has sought professional help.

“The police’s response was swift and I trust that the law will take it’s course,” he added.

The ANC Lower South Coast Region expresses it’s concern at the brazen attack.

“The ANC views these incidents of violence against its members and supporters in a very serious light and we call on the SAPS to ensure a swift arrest in this matter,” said Selvan Chetty, spokesperson for the ANC Lower South Coast Region.

He called on members and supporters to exercise caution and restraint during the election campaign and to report any threats to their personal safety to authorities.

“Those misguided elements of society who believe they can intimidate and use violence to disrupt the smooth running of the 2016 elections must be warned that we will use every legal avenue to pursue the culprits.

“We call upon all parties and candidates to urge their supporters to strengthen our democracy by ensuring a free and fair election,” added Chetty.

I suspect that the shooters were watching our movements. I don’t have a fence and the yard is fully accessible. I am not scared and I will persevere. I want to serve the community and there’s no way I will back down. The police’s response was swift and I trust that the law will take it’s course

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