Irate blacks burn down municipal councillor’s house

fire+flamesResidents of Soshanguve, a black township northwest of Pretoria, have burnt down a municipal councillor’s house, according to the South African Police Service.

“The fight erupted after metro police removed people who were occupying RDP houses illegally,” said Colonel Noxolo Kweza of SAPS. “They also threw stones at councillor Maribishi Morotola’s vehicle on Tuesday.

Morotola’s family almost perished in the fire as they were still inside the house when it was set alight but were apparently rescued by neighbours.

A spokesman for the Tshwane metropolitan municipality (greater Pretoria area), Cedric Maluleke, stated that the house of its employee, community liaison officer Bernard Khoza, was also set alight.

“They accused Morotola and Khoza of selling RDP houses instead of correctly allocating them to families whose names are on the housing waiting list,” Maluleke said.

Apparently, both Morotola and Khoza have been provided with alternative accommodation and security, according to Maluleke.

The provincial MEC for Human settlements, Ntombi Mekgwe, the behaviour of Soshanguve residents by saying: “This trend of burning buildings is not going to help the situation. We are not going to give in to people who use hooliganism to raise their grievances when they are even in the wrong.”

No arrests have been made yet.