Suspect in Mamabolo shooting arrested

ANCYL leader in Limpopo, Boy Mamabolo. Picture credit: Elijar Mushiana
ANCYL leader in Limpopo, Boy Mamabolo. Picture credit: Elijar Mushiana

A man was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly shooting and injuring ANC Youth League Limpopo leader Boy Mamabolo and three others in Polokwane, Limpopo police said.

"The suspect was accompanied by his lawyer when he handed himself over in the early hours of this [Tuesday] morning," said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

He would appear in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Tuesday and would face four counts of attempted murder.

Mulaudzi said Mamabolo was in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

The three others, who were apparently Mamabola's friends, were treated at hospital and released.

Mulaudzi said the incident happened at around 9pm on Sunday at a Metro FM event in Polokwane.

Mamabolo is a former friend of Julius Malema, who was sacked as president of the African National Congress Youth League, and became leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters.

Mamabolo faces 72 fraud charges related to his chairmanship of the Limpopo Geograhical Names Committee.

He was also embroiled in a court battle with Malema last year over a threatening text message he allegedly sent to Malema.

In the SMS, Mamabolo allegedly wrote that he would exhume the body of Malema's mother and take her remains to Malema's grandmother's home in Seshego.

This was apparently in retaliation for Malema allegedly sending his allies to seduce Mamabolo's girlfriend.

Malema took him to court over the SMS but the crimen injuria case against Mamabolo was provisionally struck off the roll last year.

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