Protesters torch councillor’s house

By Chantall Presence Time of article published May 28, 2015

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Cape Town - A City of Cape Town councillor’s home was burnt down on Thursday, allegedly by a group of protesting residents from the Marikana informal settlement in Philippi East.

The police and city law enforcement officers were on scene at the house of ANC councillor Mzuzile Mpondwana, who was not home at the time of the attack.

No injuries were reported.

According to the ANC chief whip in the city, Xolani Sotashe, the entire house was destroyed.

“I’ve just spoken to him (Mpondwana). He’s fine but his house has been burnt down with everything that was inside,” said Sotashe.

“Apparently they (protestors) attempted to go burn the municipal office where the councillor was working from but when they arrived, the police were there already so the group split, with one group going to the councillor’s house. Apparently they threw the petrol bomb.”

It was unclear whether any arrests had been made.

Residents of the Marikana informal settlement have been clashing with police this week as they attempt to rebuild their homes after being evicted from the privately owned land.


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