Gauteng ANC councillor dies days after his home was petrol bombed

2019-05-16 16:49

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

An ANC councillor in the West Rand region of Gauteng has died following the petrol bombing of his home in Randfontein over the weekend, the ruling party said on Thursday.

Rand West City Municipality councillor Festus "Mochini" Matshogo succumbed to his injuries after the attack at his Mohlakeng home on Sunday.

"As the ANC in West Rand we condemn the barbaric attack on Councillor Matshogo and his neighbours. We appeal to the community of Mohlakeng to help with any information that will assist law enforcement agencies to bring perpetrators of this barbaric attack to book," ANC West Rand spokesperson Zaza Machakela said.

Machakela also conveyed condolences to Matshogo's family and friends.

"We wish them strength and courage during this difficult time of loss as they attempt to come to terms with the falling of this giant."

Over the weekend, police made an appeal to the public for assistance in helping them track down suspects involved in the incident.

Matshogo had suffered extensive injuries to his upper body, police said.

Officers rushed to the 58-year-old's home with their explosives unit, following the incident that occurred between 04:00 and 05:00.

Police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele said that at least three unused petrol bombs were found at the scene.

He said preliminary investigations on the extent of the damage to the house also confirmed the possibility that explosives other than petrol bombs could have been used by the attackers.

Makhubele said the Organised Crime Detectives Unit would prioritise the case and "mobilise all resources available towards solving this case".

Anyone with information is urged to contact the police in Mohlakeng or call Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

Read more on:    anc  |  crime
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Join the conversation!

24.com 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

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

Hello 

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 24.com network.

Settings

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.