Coun­cil­lor’s house and ve­hi­cle torched

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

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.’

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