Councillor’s house and vehicle torched
MANGUZI police are investigating a case of arson after a house and bakkie belonging to uMhlabuyalingana Ward 17 Councillor, Nhlankanipho Tembe was torched in the Ngozini area on Sunday morning.
It is not clear who was behind the attack as the police and the community leaders are still trying to determine the motive.
According to provincial police spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala, Tembe was asleep with his family when he was woken by his vehicle’s alarm.
He then noticed his vehicle and house were on fire.
uMhlabuyalingana Municipality Mayor, Nkululeko Mthethwa, said he believed the attack was not politically motivated.
‘Scores of community members quickly attended the scene and tried to extinguish the blaze, but by the time the firefighters arrived the bakkie and house had already been gutted.
‘We believe this was a criminal incident and not politically motivated,’ Mthethwa said.
‘Although the incident was traumatising, Cllr Tembe continued with his work of serving the community.’