Mthembu shooting - Parliament concerned

2014-10-20 16:38
ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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

Cape Town - Parliament's presiding officers on Monday expressed concern at the shooting of ANC MP Jackson Mthembu during an armed robbery in Mpumalanga.

"We trust the law will take its course and that the perpetrators will be brought to justice as soon as possible," Parliament said in a statement.

It said the shooting occurred at a particularly busy time in Parliament, when committees in both Houses were dealing with budget reviews, and on the eve of the finance minister tabling his medium-term budget policy statement.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete, National Council of Provinces chair Thandi Modise, and their deputies, wished Mthembu a speedy recovery.

Mpumalanga police said Mthembu was shot in the face while withdrawing money at an ATM on Mandela Street in Witbank on Sunday.

The office of the African National Congress Chief Whip, however, said Mthembu was shot close-range in the chest and admitted to the Emalahleni private hospital where he was in the intensive care unit.

"Luckily, he was able to drive himself to the close-by hospital, where is under medical supervision," spokesman Moloto Mothapo said.

Earlier, a family member told The Citizen online: "It is not clear how many times he was shot, but he is in hospital as we speak. I think the shooting was politically motivated."

The African National Congress cautioned those who claimed the shooting was politically motivated.

"The ANC cautions against any malicious and misleading statements being made to suggest a political motive in this case and calls on those making such statements to desist from flaming distrust and confusion," spokesman Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

He said the party had been in contact with Mthembu, who he said was in good spirits.

The ANC, the office of its Chief Whip in Parliament, and its alliance partner the Congress of SA Trade Unions expressed shock at the shooting.

"We salute his courage in driving himself to hospital and send him our best wishes for a speedy and full recovery," Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said in a statement.

Mothapo said: "We are disturbed and infuriated by this mindless and callous act of criminality and implore the police to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that those savage thugs face the full might of the law."

The Democratic Alliance and the National Freedom Party condemned the shooting. DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said it was a "heartless act".

NFP leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi said crime was getting worse in the country and everyone was vulnerable. Both parties wished Mthembu well.

Read more on:    anc  |  jackson mthembu  |  mbombela  |  crime

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.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

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.