House petrol-bombed after threats

Date: 13 Jun 2007
Incidents of continued violence stemming from the civil servants strike continued to be reported yesterday. In Heildeberg, a house was petrol-bombed after the owner refused to join the public service pay strike. Police spokesman Captain Thivhulanwi Tshilate said the owner was allegedly threatened prior to the attack by colleagues who said they would burn his house down if he did not strike. Police said the owner and his wife were in their bedroom on Monday evening when they heard a loud bang. When they went to investigate they found that the kitchen and dining room were on fire. The owner told police he heard people running away from the house after they heard the bang. The damage to the house was estimated to be at R10 000. A case of arson is being investigated. By Citizen reporter The Citizen 13/06/07