- EFF leader in Limpopo, Collen Shai, allegedly pointed a gun at a woman and hijacked a minbus
- Shai says the minibus belonged to his brother-in-law and that he intended to give it to his sister
- Shai denies pointing a firearm at the woman and claims that he has returned the minibus
Collen Shai, an EFF politician in Limpopo, has been arrested on charges of car theft and hijacking.
Shai is one of several suspects who allegedly pointed a gun at a woman in order to hijack a minibus taxi. The incident is reported to have taken place last month in Alexandria, Johannesburg.
Guateng police spokesperson Col Lungelo Dlamini says that Shai and the other suspects allegedly accosted the girlfriend of the owner of the minibus and pointed firearms at her before seizing the vehicle.
The suspects then fled with the minibus. Dlamini added that Shai was allegedly accompanied by his sister, who is also the ex-wife of the minibus's owner.
Shai, who is the EFF's chief whip in the Elias Motsoaledi local municipality, admits to taking the minibus but denies pointing a firearm at the woman.
He also said that the minibus belonged to his brother-in-law and that he intended to give it to his sister. According to Shai, his brother-in-law had been "abusing" his sister.
Shai claims he has since returned the vehicle.
Jossey Buthane, EFF chairperson for Limpopo, said the issue was being resolved, but added that there was no plan at this time to take disciplinary action against Shai.
Buthane explained that this was because the incident was a family matter rather than a political one.
*Another Collen Shai contacted Briefly.co.za and informed the editorial team that the incorrect image was initially used. The editorial team has since removed the image and edited the article accordingly. The management would like to apologise for using the incorrect image and state that the images used initially were not those of the EFF member.
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