Andile Lili’s wife fears for the safety of her children
The Ses’Khona People's Rights Movement leader was shot multiple times outside his Khayelitsha home last night.
CAPE TOWN - The wife of local controversial activist Andile Lili, who was shot and wounded on Wednesday night, says she now fears for the safety of her children.
Lili, who is the leader of the Ses'Khona People's Rights Movement, was shot multiple times outside his Khayelitsha house.
He is currently in a critical condition in hospital.
The controversial activist has been embroiled in a war of words with the African National Congress (ANC)'s Songezo Mjongile over an alleged deal with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa.
Ntombikayise Pike Lili fears the war between the two organisations will leave her children fatherless.
"They [political leaders] are also fathers to their children, I mean there is a three-month-old child and it could have happened that she would never see her father. It's totally unfair.'
She says in 2009 they made a narrow escape when gunmen opened fire on their home.
Ntombikayise says her husband is a marked man.
She says she's concerned but believes her husband won't go down without a fight.
Watch: Andile Lili's wife speaks to EWN after her husband was critically wounded during a shooting.
At the same time, police have requested the public's help in apprehending the suspects involved in the shooting.
The police's Frederick van Wyk says a case of attempted murder has been opened for investigation.
"The motive is unknown at this stage and no one has been arrested as yet. Anyone with information on this incident is kindly requested to contact Crime Stop."
While Ses'Khona believes the shooting is politically motivated, the ANC in the Western Cape has denied the claims that they are behind the shooting.
The ANC's Cobus Grobler says, "The ANC has not taken any decision to shoot any person, it's anti-ANC. We are a democratic institution and we will deal with matters in an orderly way."
He says the ANC condemns the attack.
The ANC also says it hopes those who shot Lili will be brought to book as quickly as Member of Parliament Jackson Mthembu's alleged shooters have been.
Police confirmed today a total of six suspects have now been arrested in connection with the incident involving Mthembu in Emalahleni last month.
SES'KHONA SUPPORTERS CONVERGE ON CBD
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) maintains it never promised 25,000 job opportunities to the Ses'Khona People's Rights Movement.
Over the past few months, the organisation has been offering the jobs, mostly to clean Metrorail trains.
Ses'Khona supporters today demonstrated at Cape Town station, demanding Prasa open the job vacancies within the next week.
Nozimo Macozoma was one of hundreds of Ses'Khona supporters demonstrating at Cape Town Station earlier today.
She said they were told by Ses'Khona leaders that employment at Metrorail would commence in August but they are still waiting.
Metrorail Regional Manager Richard Walker accepted the memorandum of grievances.
He says the demands will be deliberated with Prasa management.