Crime: Beaufort West ANC Councillor Arrested On Attempted Murder Charges


An ANC councillor in Beaufort West Municipality Michael Motoane was arrested on Sunday for allegedly shooting three men at his business premises in Kwa-Mandlenkos on Sunday morning.

Motoane fired the shots after the three men attacked his son in Gaba Road between 05:00 and 06:00. He reportedly handed himself in and was arraigned in court on Monday.

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The councillor was subsequently remanded in custody and will spend the next one week behind bars until March 20 when he will make his official bail hearing.

Weighing in, the Western Cape police spokesman Malcolm Pojie narrated that the 54-year-old politician pulled the trigger and fired shots into the ground in a bid to scare away the men.

Pojie also explained that it is still unclear if the men, aged between 23 and 34-years-old may have acted base on political instruction.

Reports have it that the three are currently receiving medical attention at a local hospital, as they sustained wounds to the head‚ shoulder and abdomen respectively.

Meanwhile, the Police confirmed that they confiscated a 9mm pistol and a knife on the scene. A case of attempted murder and arrested has also been opened against Matoane.

Following the ugly development, ANC Central Karoo regional secretary Windy Platjiees has defended the councillor. Karoo insisted that Motoane did what every father whose son is in danger would have done.

“The current details are that a group of young men entered the premises at Mandlenkosi and began to attack the councilors’s son. As the father‚ the councilor intervened by firing three warning shots‚” he said.

Also, ANC Western Cape spokesperson Yonela Diko confirmed the councillor’s arrest; adding that it should not be politicised because the incident was random and could have happened to anyone.

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Earlier this month, a Ward Councillor was dragged to the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate’s Court for rape and robbery. Gauteng police confirmed that the Ward Councillor was facing four charges of rape and robbery.

According to the police, the Ward Councillor was charged for the crimes before he was elected a Councillor.