Councillor says he holds ‘no grudge’

2017-07-18 06:02
Photo: derrick zincumeDA PR Councillor Sagar Singh was robbed of his cellphone while performing political duties.

Photo: derrick zincumeDA PR Councillor Sagar Singh was robbed of his cellphone while performing political duties.

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THE Leader of Democratic Alliance (DA) in KwaZulu-Natal, Zwakele Mncwango urged residents to work hand in hand with the police in the fight against crime.

Mncwango, also a DA Caucus leader in eThekwini, was speaking after one of his DA councillors, Sagar Singh, was robbed of his cellphone in Clermont last Tuesday while undertaking his political duties.

“It is shocking that a public representative can be robbed in daylight. This proves that no one is immune to crime in this country. However, we urge the community to work hand in hand with the police. Law enforcement also need to increase visibility to ensure safety our community,” he said.

Singh was apparently going about his political activities in Clermont when he was surrounded by three unknown men who took his cellphone before fleeing.

“It was about 10am and we hosted an information table in Clermont. I had already started to distribute some of the pamphlets when the incident occurred.

“They surrounded me and took my phone before fleeing. The workers, who were with me, rushed to the local SAPS to report the matter. Police were very helpful as they attended to us very quickly and went to look for these three boys, but could not find them.”

Singh said he is not angry after the robbery as he understands why he was robbed.

“There are no job opportunities for these people, so they are hungry. I understand they robbed me to sell my phone so that they can get money to buy food.

“I don’t hate them at all. I have a good relationship with people in the area. I think, as I have said, that it was just an opportunistic crime, and they were hungry,” he said.

Captain Mazwi Mbatha from KwaDabeka SAPS confirmed that a case of common robbery is under investigation.

“We would like to urge the community members who might have information to come forward,” said Mbatha.

 

I understand that they robbed me to sell my phone so that they can get money to buy food for them to eat. I don’t hate them at all

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