Randfontein councillor who was petrol-bombed identified

2019-05-13 07:25
(File, Thapelo Maphakela, Gallo Images, file)

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The ANC councillor who sustained "extensive injuries" to his upper body when his home in Mohlakeng, Randfontein, was petrol-bombed on Sunday has been identified as 58-year-old Festus "Mchini" Matshogo. 

News24 reported that officers rushed to Matshogo's home with their explosives unit following the incident that occurred between 04:00 and 05:00 on Sunday.

"While circumstances surrounding this incident as well as a motive are yet to be determined, police can confirm that at least three unused petrol bombs were found at the scene," police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele said.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Rand West City spokesperson Tshidiso Tlharipe said the "unfortunate incident has left the community with rage and lot of misery in their minds".

"The community of Mohlakeng today in the early hours woke up to sad news of the torching and or bombing of the house belonging to Matshogo.

"The physical condition of the councillor is severe and under strict medical supervision," Tlharipe said. 

"He is currently hospitalised and the municipality will upon receiving the thorough medical report update all necessary recipients regarding the state of his physical condition."

Extensive injuries

Makhubele 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 suspects.

"The victim was rushed to hospital with extensive injuries to his upper body. Management of police in Gauteng have condemned this incident and are calling upon the community to come forward with information that could assist with the identification and the apprehension of the suspects."

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

"Upon learning of the incident, the executive mayor of Rand West City Local Municipality, Mzi Elias Khumalo, extended his deepest words of sympathy to the family of Matshogo, [his] immediate relatives and friends," Tlharipe said.

"The executive mayor further wants to encourage members of the community to give space to law enforcement agencies to perform their work with diligence without any distractions.

"This will enable the police to apprehend those responsible for this merciless act. We want to urge the community to act calmly and let the police do what is necessary," Tlharipe said. 

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