Charges laid after attack on Tshwane councillor's family

2016-02-02 13:57

Pretoria - A case of attempted murder and malicious damage to property has been opened after a group attacked a Tshwane councillor's family at their home in Hammanskraal, Gauteng police confirmed on Tuesday.

"Yesterday [Monday] at about 18:30 a group of people in Stinkwater in Hammanskraal attacked a house belonging to a local government official," Lietenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said.

"They damaged windows and a vehicle."

Dlamini said the motive for the attack was not known

According to Thembi Mmoko, who is a member of the Tshwane mayoral committee for corporate and shared services, she received a phone call about the incident while at work on Monday.

"My son was sitting in the car outside our home when a group of people started shooting at him," she told News24.

"They damaged my house, the shop in front of the house and the car."

Mmoko said her son managed to escape and his father locked him inside the shop.

She said the group then started throwing stones at his car.

"The people who carried out the attack all had guns. They are known in the village."

Dlamini could not confirm that shots had been fired.

Mmoko alleged that Ward 95 councillor Aaron Maluleka was with the group who attacked her son.

"Immediately after the outcome of yesterday's [Sunday] nominations, they attack my house and family. My son was very lucky or else they would have killed him."

Attempts to get hold of Maluleka since Monday night have been unsuccessful.

Dlamini said no arrests had yet been made.

This is not the first time there has been unhappiness over the nomination of councillors in Tshwane.

Last week, disgruntled ANC supporters in Tshwane vandalised the party's regional office in Arcadia as they called for the removal of the party's leadership in the area. A small group sang and danced in front of the office, while others went inside and vandalised it.

A protester complained that certain leaders were only allowing a selected number of their supporters to attend meetings.

The week before, a group of ANC Women's League members bared their buttocks outside the ANC’s Tshwane offices. They were unhappy with the outcomes of a branch general meeting.

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