ANC factions fighting in PE
Too scared to go home after shacks were burnt to the ground
FAMILIES affected by the recent Motherwell unrest are fearing for their lives after they were attacked and their shacks burnt to the ground last week.
They say they are scared to set foot back in their community as they were marked as supporters of ANC regional boss, Nceba Faku, and therefore a target of supporters of Bay mayor Zanoxolo Wayile.
The two factions clashed last week as tensions between the two leaders reacher fever pitch.
The four families from Motherwell’’s NU29 suffered a major blow last week when they lost all their possessions after their shacks were set alight – some were even attacked by axe-wielding mobsters.
The families said they had lost confidence in the police.
“We want to go and see if we can salvage anything from the burnt ruins, but we are scared. The moment they see us they will blow their whistles and the community members will come out and attack us,” said Motherwell resident Mpho Mtila.
Her shack had been in an area believed to be in the midst of a pro-Wayile camp.
Mtila said she and three others who had their houses burnt had served the ward’s unit which assists the councillor with service delivery.
“We are labelled as Faku’s dogs and threatened continuously,” Mtila said.
“Nobody wants to take responsibility of what is happening. They say it the community who is causing all of this.”
Mtila and her husband, Phumzile Dube, are now living with friends.
The three other families have also sought alternative accommodation and are struggling to pick up the pieces since last week.
Motherwell resident, Nomzi Mbono, said she had lost her means of income.
Another resident, Nomakula Mde, said that she and her three children were living with her unemployed mother in an RDP house, also in Motherwell.
“We have no income and we have to go around picking bottles which we sell in order to eat,” she said.
The families – 24 people in all – said they wanted their case to be heard by a higher office, as they did not seem to be getting any attention from local authorities.
Motherwell Warrant Officer, Dumile Gwavu , said the cases would be treated like all the others.
Gwavu advised the residents to stay in places of safety until the situation normalised.
Pamela Tshayingwe from the municipality’s disaster management distributed social relief to the families yesterday as a short-term intervention. The social relief included mattresses, blankets, food parcels, prima stoves and toiletries.