He said the three men that entered his home were speaking in siSwati.
EFF member of Parliament, Dr Younus Vawda is reportedly thanking God after being left uninjured by three armed men who came to his Barberton home of Mpumalanga and robbed the family of money.
The ordeal at the Mpumalanga politician occurred last Friday night and the entire Vawda family was threatened with guns before being tied up, the Lowvelder has reported.
Vawda said he was in the shower late on that night when three men came to him and held him up. They were speaking SiSwati and took him to the rest of the family members who were tied up in the sitting room.
When he was there, the men ordered him to lie down and then demanded money.
Police spokesman Jabu Ndubane confirmed the incident.
He said Vawda’s family was held hostage and tied up, except for the elderly grandmother, in the house after 9 on Friday night.
Vawda told the men he didn’t keep cash in the house. They then searched his room and found the keys for his BMW X5.
The men continued to threaten the family and Vawda eventually transferred R19.000 from his credit card to his debit card, said Ndubane.
“The suspects then drove away with his BMW. They also took an iPhone, iPad and MacBook. The items together are worth about R947,000,” the police said.
Ndubane added the MP’s car was later discovered abandoned in eMjindini’s Extension 11, and the men had withdrawn the cash.
Vawda, a medical doctor by profession, became a member of Parliament on an EFF ticket during the 2014 general elections.
The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters in the Mpumalanga province was raising a point of order during the Taking Legislature to the People, disrupting Premier David Mabuza.
EFF provincial chairman Collen Sedibe has been booed, heckled and told to sit down by the hundreds of community members who attended the Taking Legislature to the People.
Sedibe, who is a member of the Mpumalanga legislature together with EFF provincial secretary Alfred Skhosana, had wanted to ask Mabuza to respect a ruling made by speaker Thandi Shongwe. The legislature was with the people of Mhluzi the whole of last week (13 – 17 Mar) at the Themba Senamela stadium, Middelburg and on Friday morning Mabuza addressed the public sitting.
After minutes of addressing, Mabuza was disrupted by Skhosana, who rose on a point of order, asking the Premier to not make the Taking Legislature to the People about the ANC.
Mabuza, during the Taking Legislature to the People, had said that people should not join or form other political parties because the ruling ANC “encompasses all that is good” when he triggered Skosana to rise on a point of order.
Mabuza had said: “It’s important that we remain patient, let’s not fight each and open other political parties simply because we are impatient with the ANC. I always say that the ANC encompasses all that is good”.
Skhosana rose and said to Shongwe: “Speaker, I rise on a point of order”.
Shongwe asked Mabuza to stop his speech and asked Skhosana: “What’s the point of order honourable Skhosana?”
“Thanks speaker, I think there’s a mistake that the Premier is making and I won’t agree that he goes unchallenged. The Premier indicated clearly here that we are here as legislature but then at the same time we’re here to use this platform to campaign, now I want to indicate clearly that we are not here for that; we can’t use our selfish interest and state resources to advance our narrow interest, let’s concentrate on why we’re here and leave this other things of the ANC, we’re here as government,” Skhosana said.
Shongwe made a ruling, telling Mabuza that “he says you must not campaign, can you please go on with your speech”.
“He was of the view that we were interjecting him and we said ‘No, no, we were not interjecting you. You made a mistake that it was everybody’s right that when they are here they must campaign because were cannot use the legislature’s funds to campaign.
“If you want to campaign, let’s wear our own T-shirts, let’s wear our own regalia and have our own machinery and campaign as usual but not here, here we are here as government, we’re equal and let’s treat people equal and so forth,” he said.