ANCYL leader ac­cuses fam­ily of witchcraft

Sunday World - - News - AUBREY MOTHOMBENI

LIM­POPO ANC Youth League sec­re­tary David “Che ” Se­lane has al­legedly dumped his own fam­ily, claim­ing they are be­witch­ing him.

This comes af­ter his mother Mmas­ape Sabina Se­lane called prophets to his home in Tick­y­line, Tza­neen to come and pray for him so he could come back home.

Se­lane’s mother says her son, who is mar­ried and stays in Polok­wane with his wife, only vis­its his friend Irene Ra­p­atsa and not her.. Ra­p­atsa is a PR coun­cil­lor in Tza­neen, lives in the same vil­lage.

On the other hand, ANC mem­bers in the vil­lage al­leged that Ra­p­atsa was parachuted to the pub­lic of­fice by Se­lane as she was not nom­i­nated by any ANC branch and was not on the list of can­di­date coun­cil­lors ahead of the Au­gust 3 lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions.

ANC Val­ley Hlokwe branch sec­re­tary Mawasha Mashale con­firmed that Ra­p­atsa was not nom­i­nated by any branch. “The lady was not on any list and was not nom­i­nated by any branch. She is the neigh­bour of the youth league pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary “Che ” Se­lane, and he is the one who for­warded her name to the prov­ince claim­ing she was a young­ster, some­thing that she does not qual­ify for be­cause she was born in the 1970s.

“It seems as if he was re­turn­ing a favour to her be­cause ac­cord­ing to our list, our branch chair was sup­posed to oc­cupy the post, ” said Mashale.

The shock­ing al­le­ga­tions about Se­lane’s per­sonal life were con­firmed by his mother. Mmas­ape, 54, who told Sun­day World that the youth leader had not been home since March this year.

“Is he still my son? I don’t think so. What kind of a son deserts his own fam­ily, sis­ter and mother? He is sup­port­ing the Ra­p­atsa fam­ily and does not even come to his home. When he is around here, he spends time with them,” she said.

Se­lane said: “My per­sonal af­fairs and is­sues with my fam­ily are not for pub­lic con­sump­tion. I won’t dis­cuss those is­sues with you,” he said when asked for com­ment.

Ra­p­atsa con­firmed she was close to Se­lane but said she could not re­mem­ber the last time the politi­cian came to her home. When asked if Se­lane helped her get a job as a coun­cil­lor, she cut off the call.

Se­lane’s mother said he was mis­led to be­lieve that she was a witch af­ter she brought in prophets from her church to pray for his re­turn.

“They told him that I brought witches into our home to be­witch him. He called me and ac­cused me of bring­ing my witches from my church,” she said.

Mmas­ape said her son re­minded her that she was chased out of an­other church along with other women af­ter be­ing ac­cused of witchcraft.

“I then asked him, ‘ if you are say­ing that I brought witches from my church to the house, are you also ac­cus­ing me of witchcraft?’” she said.

Mmas­ape said Se­lane came to visit her at her work­place just to brag to her that he got Ra­p­atsa a job as a PR coun­cil­lor.

“He even boasted that she was now go­ing to build her mother a house and dig a bore­hole for her while I don’t have one,” she said.

She said she also re­cently heard through the grapevine that her son and his wife were ex­pect­ing a baby. “I am so hurt. I even told him not to come to my fu­neral. That’s how se­ri­ous this mat­ter is both­er­ing me. I raised him in dif­fi­cult times, strug­gled with him and sac­ri­ficed a lot of things for him to be where he is today.

“I used to send him R100 ev­ery month while he was study­ing to­wards an LLB de­gree at the Univer­sity of Lim­popo un­til he com­pleted. I was strug­gling without a job at the time but I would make sure that I get it from some­where so that he can have some­thing. But he does not re­mem­ber that now. The Ra­p­at­sas are his fam­ily now.”

Se­lane’s sis­ter Win­nie said his brother was no longer speak­ing to her.

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