ANCYL leader accuses family of witchcraft
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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