DA microphones at uMngeni still not fixed

2014-08-04 00:00

THE DA in uMngeni were left speechless, literally and figuratively, when they found the connections to their microphones in the council chamber cut.

DA councillor Janis Holmes was at a local labour forum meeting on Tuesday when she switched on her light to make a point and found there was no sound. She bent down and found that the wires to the microphones had been cut. Further examination revealed that this was only the case on the opposition side of the chamber. The other microphones were intact.

Holmes said she reported the problem straight away but that by Thursday’s full council meeting the microphones had still not been fixed. She said she understood that it was going to be expensive to repair the damage and it was money the council could ill afford. “The worrying thing is that it must be a staff member involved. Who else would have access to the council chambers, know which side the opposition sits and have time to carry out the sabotage?”

However, uMngeni spokesperson Thando Mgaga dismissed talk of sabotage. He said the defectiveness of the microphones was “not in any form or shape as a result of ominous acts”.

Mgaga said municipal management had instructed its ICT division to call in the service provider that installed the microphones.

• nalini@witness.co.za

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