Days after a notorious gang allegedly petrol-bombed an EFF election campaign truck in Vrygrond, the party’s branch commander in the area has been shot and injured.
Godfrey Tromp’s brother was also injured in the attack.
The 54-year-old branch commander and tavern owner survived four gunshot wounds to his body, struck in the shoulder, upper arm, mouth and hand.
It is still unclear if and how many wounds Tromp’s brother sustained.
The two are currently in a critical condition at Groote Schuur Hospital, according to a source in the Economic Freedom Fighters.
The brothers were ambushed just before 11pm on Wednesday night, as they pulled up in their red car outside Beth’s Tavern in Philemon Street.
Shocked tavern patrons ran out as shots rang out, and found them bloodied and unconscious in the car.
They immediately rushed them to hospital.
A party member who asked to remain anonymous told Daily Voice: “It’s the Funkies, the same gang that burnt out Godfrey’s car on Sunday night. “We believe it’s a revenge attack.”
On Sunday night, the gang tried to force their way into Beth’s Tavern, where Tromp had banned them from.
Tromp told Daily Voice on Monday the gang had been “harassing him for weeks”.
“I have a strict policy at my tavern; no gangsters allowed,” he said.
Tromp said after arguing for a while, the skollies left but came back and petrol-bombed his bakkie.
Western Cape EFF Chairperson Bernard Joseph says he is shocked by the attempt on Tromp’s life.
“This is not a good thing, this has become extreme intimidation. Some of our members are in fear, many of them are still on the road but the fear factor might affect our members trying to mobilise and canvas for the EFF in respective areas,” Joseph said.
Captain FC van Wyk says a case of attempted murder was being investigated.
“Circumstances surrounding this incident are being investigated. No one has been arrested as yet.”