S'A: ANC Branch Leader Shot At Party

Infighting in the African National Congress (ANC) in Limpopo worsened on Sunday night when a party branch chairman was shot and wounded, the second local politician to suffer from a violent attack in the past fortnight.

Boy Mamabolo, a former friend of Julius Malema, was shot and wounded during a confrontation, allegedly with a member of his branch at a party in Polokwane.

The suspect, whose name is known to Business Day, is a former leader of the ANC Youth League in the province and a close ally of Mr Malema.

However, he did not leave the ANC when Mr Malema founded the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters following Mr Malema’s expulsion from the party.

Those close to the suspect said he had handed himself over to the police. But Limpopo police spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi said that by late afternoon on Monday, the suspect was still on the run.

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

Three other people who had been with him were also injured during the shooting but were discharged on Sunday night.

Earlier this month, former Waterberg mayor Eric Gwangwa was shot in the thigh when angry protesters aligned with a faction in the ANC interrupted a special council meeting in the Mogalakwena municipality, in what has emerged to be a battle for the control of council resources.

Local ANC leaders in Limpopo on Monday confirmed that both Mr Mamabolo and the suspect were members of the Milo Malatjie branch in ward 13 of the province’s Peter Mokaba region.

ANC provincial spokeswoman Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said the shooting had nothing to do with the ANC because the victim and the suspect had previously attended many of the branch’s party meetings without shooting at each other.

Mr Mamabolo was still active in the youth league’s Limpopo structures, which were struggling to conclude regional conferences to prepare for a provincial conference. Problems ranged from the outcomes of the conferences being disputed, court interdicts, membership audits collapsing, disruptions and postponements.

Similar issues have emerged in other provinces, such as KwaZulu-Natal, and even at the national level — the national conference initially was expected to be held at the end of this month but has been pushed back to next month due to financial problems.

Source: BD Live
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