ANC's Jackson Mthembu still has nightmares about shooting

2015-06-23 13:24
Jackson Mthembu (Susan Cilliers, Netwerk24)

Jackson Mthembu (Susan Cilliers, Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg - ANC MP Jackson Mthembu still has nightmares about the traumatic day he was shot and wounded while drawing money at an ATM in Emalahleni.

"The emotions are still there, you even dream about these terrible things," he told News24 on Tuesday after the case against the five men accused of shooting him was postponed.

"When you go to an ATM everything comes flooding back. So it will take some time [to get over it]."

The accused appeared in the Witbank Regional Court on Tuesday in connection with the shooting.

The case was postponed to July 30 after the men fired their legal aid representative.

'Almost recovered'

Mthembu was attending the court case.

"I just want this to be done with so that one can continue with one's life... The good thing is I'm almost recovered and able to do my parliamentary work and do all that which is expected of me."

Mthembu was attacked while withdrawing money from an ATM in Mandela Street, Emalahleni, on 19 October last year.

He was approached by an armed man accompanied by several others. He was instructed to withdraw all the money in his account, it was reported at the time.

A scuffle ensued and Mthembu was shot. The bullet grazed his cheek and hit him in the shoulder.

He was hospitalised for 10 days and was booked off work until the end of November, 2014.

The men were arrested in their homes in an informal settlement in Emalahleni.

Mthembu on Tuesday said he was given time off by Parliament to attend the case even though this week was a three-line whip.

"This week I had to request [time off] from Parliament. Today is a three-line whip which means that whether you are dead or alive, you need to be in Parliament. The same applied to tomorrow because there are some important things which will be happening," he said.

Mthembu will be back in Parliament on Wednesday.

Strain on family

Speaking about the shooting, Mthembu said it had quite an effect on his family.

"It put a hell of a strain on my kids, those who are at university," he said.

"It's not a nice thing that your father was shot and he's in hospital and you are dealing with exams.

"Also for my wife, it wasn't a nice thing."

Mthembu said he thinks the worst is over.

"That one is out of hospital and recovering well, I think that's what keeps me going."

He will continue to attend the trial of the men who allegedly shot him.

"We look forward to the trial resuming and getting done with this part at least, so we can concentrate on other things that confront us."

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