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Mpumalanga
Jan 24 2012 8:39AM
 
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Riot Hlatshwayo

A senior political leader in Mpumalanga is living in fear after burglars left a live bullet on his bed and stole nearly everything in the house, including political and personal documents, as well as a television set and a computer.

The member of the ANC’s provincial executive committee (PEC) who spoke to The New Age on condition on condition of anonymity as he fears for his life, said it was on Friday shortly after 3pm that he discovered the “shocking” scenario that he claimed left him very confused.

“Reading from what I discovered, one cannot rule out that I’m being warned of being assassinated because I can’t think of another reason for whoever is responsible for the break-in to have left a bullet on my bed.

“The other scary thing is that sensitive political and personal documents including those that I kept in the safe were stolen,” said the politician who was clearly still in shock when he related the incident yesterday.

He was also quick to say this was the month of January, which is associated with successive assassinations of politicians over the last few years in the province.

“If one is a politician in this province and it is known that certain people believe one is a threat politically, one cannot live freely. We have vigorously fought for this freedom but the fruit is shameful.

“Please don’t misquote me, I did not say people who broke into my house were politicians or sent by someone, but that it is difficult to rule out when one realises that it seems as if information was the target,” said the politician.

Provincial police spokesman, Lt-Col Leonard Hlathi, confirmed that a case of house breaking and theft were being investigated regarding the incident.

“Our investigations are continuing and anyone with information should please contact the nearest police station,” said Hlathi yesterday.

Ehlanzeni ANC chief whip, Johan Ndlovu was shot dead on January 5 last year.

Head of communications in the provincial department of culture, sport, and recreation, Sammy Mpatlanyane, was shot dead in his Stonehenge double-storey house in January 2010, while Mbombela speaker, Jimmy Mohlala, was shot dead at his KaNyamazane house in January 2009.

The three murder cases have resulted in the arrest of several people, including members of the police, many of whom are still on trial with only one having been sentenced.

rioth@thenewage.co.za
 

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