Guards for 18 Bay councillors

Death threats and attacks on Nelson Mandela Bay ward councillors have become so rampant that at least 18 of them have had security guards assigned to their homes in the past seven months. This means more than half of the ANC’s 33 ward councillors live in fear of the very communities they are serving.

Several councillors have had their homes, offices or other property torched.

Some have been assaulted or received death threats as tensions from disgruntled community members continue to rise.

In the latest incident, two security guards stationed at the Kwazakhele home of Ward 16 councillor Xola Sabani were shot and wounded this week following threats on Sabani’s life.

Police spokesman Constable Mncedi Mbombo said no arrests had been made in connection with the case.

Threats to Sabani included a letter last month warning him of bloodshed if Qaqawuli informal settlements did not benefit from housing projects like those in MK Silvertown.

Last month, Uitenhage’s Ward 45 councillor, Monde Vaaltyn, received a letter with a bullet with a “happy Christmas” message.

– Mkhululi Ndamase

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