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ANC councillor opens criminal case over arson attack in Philippi

Mzuzile Mpondwana's office was allegedly doused with petrol and set alight last night.

Philippi ward councillor Mzuzile Mpondwana stands outside his office which was torched by four unknown men. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Philippi ward councillor Mzuzile Mpondwana has opened a complaint with the police after his office was torched.

The motive for last night's arson attack is still unknown.

It's the second time Mpondwana's office has been targeted and his home was torched last year.

Officials from the African National Congress (ANC) have gathered in Philippi to assess the damage to his office.

Shards of glass lie scattered across the floor of office which has been completely destroyed by the fire.

It's understood at least four gunmen entered the office, located at a community hall, yesterday.

They reportedly threatened five people who were meeting there at the time.

It's further alleged that they then doused the room with petrol and set it alight.

The incident follows an attack on the ANC's Mfuleni ward councillor Themba Honono, who had his house and car destroyed by vandals at the start of the month.