ANC official shoots man

AN ANC councillor is being probed after he allegedly shot and wounded a patron during a drinking binge in Limpopo at the weekend.

The Molemole municipality councillor, and also a teacher outside Polokwane, allegedly shot and wounded a man. The victim is now fighting for his life in hospital.

The incident happened at a tavern on Saturday night in Mokomene village in the Botlokwa area.

A source close to Sowetan said yesterday the councillor, Kenny Mamothethi, allegedly shot Ramaoka Rasekgala twice in the left knee after a quarrel.

Paramedics had to be called in to help Rasekgala, who was later transferred to an undisclosed hospital for further treatment.

The tavern is situated next to Mamothethi's parent's home.

He fled the scene after the incident to avoid being attacked by angry villagers.

Eyewitnesses said yesterday they were still in the dark as what caused the fight since the firearm was drawn without provocation.

"We know both victim and perpetrator very well and did not expect the perpetrator, especially in his capacity as a ward councillor, to behave the way he did," said a disappointed witness who did not want to be identified.

Mamothethi is a member of the mayoral committee of the Molemole municipality where Maite Mohale is the mayor.

He is also a teacher at the Sefoloko High School in the area.

Despite the attack on Rasekgala, Mamothethi was not arrested and he even reported for work as though nothing had happened.

School principal Solomon Hamese told Sowetan he was waiting for a report about the incident before taking the matter up with the provincial department of education.

Police spokesperson Superintendent Mohale Ramatseba confirmed they were investigating a case of attempted murder against Mamothethi and a counter-charge of assault against Rasekgala.

He said police had not arrested Mamothethi because both cases had been forwarded to the director for public prosecutions for a decision.

"We are worried that what the police are doing is actually promoting lawlessness," said a concerned resident.

Mayor Mohale said yesterday she was still out of town and did not have full details on the matter. She said she was not in a position to comment.