Cape Town ANC councillor's house petrol bombed

2016-06-17 18:07

Cape Town – A petrol bomb was thrown at an African National Congress ward councillor's house in Khayelitsha on Friday.

The arsonists were aiming for the house, but all they managed to do was "kill an old washing machine in the yard", councillor Amos Komeni told News24.

The Ward 93 councillor said he and his wife were asleep when they heard a loud bang just outside the door around 01:30.

"It sounded like something being thrown against a window. But luckily it landed in the old washing machine outside the house filled with old books, and the fire was contained there," he said.

Komeni said they quickly extinguished the flames before calling police.

"It could have done a lot of damage because that's where we store firewood. My house could have been destroyed," he said.

Komeni put the blame for the attack squarely on ongoing lists disputes within the ANC ahead of the local government elections.

"It's definitely politically motivated. The manner in which the [ANC leadership] handled the lists process is what led to this," he said.

'Dedicated councillor'

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said no arrests had been made.

"The circumstances surrounding an arson case are being investigated after a fire damaged a washing machine outside a residence in Site B, Khayelitsha."

Provincial ANC spokesperson Yonela Diko condemned the "criminal and deliberate act" of attempting to set the ANC councillor's house on fire.

"Amos Komeni, an outgoing ward councillor of Ward 93, has been a very dedicated councillor who has brought great changes in the area and whatever unhappiness there may be with the process of choosing his successor, it has nothing to do with him. The power to ratify ward councillors resides with the PEC and national list committee and not with any individual."

He said the ANC's provincial executive committee would visit the ward so people could air their grievances.

"No individual has the power to make decisions on lists of councillors," said Diko.

Read more on:    anc  |  cape town  |  crime  |  politics  |  local elections

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.