A West Rand mayor’s house was set alight yesterday following a protest march that turned violent.
Randfontein local municipality mayor Sylvia The benare’s house in Mohlakeng East Extension 1 was set alight and two vehicles, including a new Mercedes Benz ML, were completely gutted.
Her son Kevin, who was at home, said he managed to escape the angry mob. He watched helplessly as the house was engulfed in a ball of fire.
Loud explosions could be heard from the garage where the car and truck were parked.
Economic Freedom Fighters member of the Gauteng provincial legislature Patrick Sindane admitted that the party had organised the march. He, however, distanced the EFF from the violence which followed. “We totally condemn the burning of the mayor’s house. We organised a peaceful march but a group of thugs took advantage [of the march],” Sindane said.
A memorandum which, among other things, demanded that potholes, water cut-offs as well as high bills be addressed, was handed to Thebenare. “We gave them seven days to respond,” Sindane said.
The municipal office and the library were also set alight. Municipal spokesman Lucky Chiya said Thebenare was emotionally strained.
“The attack on her house poses a serious threat to her safety, but despite this attack, she is still carrying out her duties,” Chiya said.
Police were monitoring the situation last night.