ANC Youth League fears attacks
THE ANC Youth League in Limpopo says the lives of its members are threatened ahead of the start of the ANC leadership nomination process for the party's elective conference in Mangaung in December.
The league said yesterday four unknown men visited the home of Vhembe region league chairman Rolivhuwa Nelwamondo on Tuesday night and asked after him. They fired shots but no one was injured.
The ANC nomination process is scheduled to begin on Monday and the league has been vocal about its support for a change in the current leadership.
Nelwamondo is a known supporter of expelled league leader Julius Malema, who has turned into a fierce advocate of the removal of President Jacob Zuma as president of the ANC.
Nelwamondo said he was not home when the incident happened in Thohoyandou .
He said yesterday that he received a call on Tuesday night informing him of the alleged attack on his home.
"The men had demanded to see me and when by brother told them I was not there they demanded to know my whereabouts," Nelwamondo said yesterday.
He said the men fired several shots.
"I have been vocal about my support for Julius Malema as president of the ANCYL and a need for change in the current ANC leadership. And I believe those men were out to silence me for that," he said.
Police spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed they were investigating a case of attempted murder. No one had been arrested.
The attack took place a day before Malema's court appearance in Polokwane to face a money laundering charge.
Malema mentioned the incident when he addressed supporters outside the court and warned league members to be careful.
ANCYL provincial secretary Jacob Lebogo urged members to exercise "extra caution" because there was a serious threat on their lives. - firstname.lastname@example.org