Court: ‘Don’t kill Mchunu’

2015-12-09 10:45
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Pietermaritzburg - The provincial government has obtained a final court interdict against a Midlands community preventing them from “killing” politicians.

The bizarre sanction was obtained at the Pietermaritzburg high court yesterday after an interim order was granted two weeks ago.

Granted by Judge Justice Mnguni, the order prevents the Greater Weenen Development Forum and its alleged leader Bhekisisa Dladla from embarking on any illegal protest action, blocking the R74 or threatening to kill the MEC for Transport and Community Liaison Willies Mchunu.

The urgent need for the interdict was the result of a threatening SMS sent directly to Mchunu on November 27.

Department spokesperson Sipho Khumalo said: “They had threatened all types of violence and made threats against the MEC and leaders at various levels. That is why we needed the interdict.”

A departmental official with knowledge of the threat but who is not allowed to speak to the media, said the message, which forms part of the court application, threatened violent protest action in the Weenen area on November 30 while making further threats against the well-being of Mchunu and government leaders.

The source said on the same day the SMS was received the department obtained an urgent interim interdict which was made final yesterday.

“The interdict has been effective in preventing any illegal protests in the area such as the one that was threatened in the SMS,” said the source.

According to the final interdict Dladla, the Greater Weenen Development Forum and its membership have been “interdicted and restrained … from threatening to harm or kill [Mchunu] or any other politician whether local, provincial or national level of government”. It further said they may not take part in “unlawful protest activity not sanctioned within the … Gathering Act … or from threatening to damage infrastructure, block roads, and impede the access of motorists and members of the public to the R74 in the Weenen/Escourt/Greytown Districts.”

However, the source said Dladla has since apologised to the MEC. Attempts to contact Dladla were unsuccessful.

The interdict has no time stamp and even if members of the development forum protest under a different guise it can still be used against them.

In May, the department announced it was setting up a multi-disciplinary forum to deal specifically with Weenen-related service delivery issues.

The town, incorporated under the Umtshezi Municipality, has been riddled with protests by residents demanding electricity and housing.

Several protests have turned violent, with the R78 to Muden having been blocked on occasion.

• jonathan.erasmus@witness.co.za

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