Arrest: Bodyguard suspended — Dirks

2008-10-06 00:00

The bodyguard of Msunduzi Deputy Mayor Mervyn Dirks, who was arrested along with a friend on Sunday for kidnapping and extortion, has been suspended.

In a statement yesterday, Dirks said he asked municipal manager Rob Haswell to ensure that the bodyguard, who has been accused of involvement in drug-related activities, be suspended with immediate effect.

“I was oblivious of the purported actions of my bodyguard and I am astounded that council assets may have been used to commit a criminal act, especially by one in whose very hands I have committed my life and that of my family. A more vigilant approach will have to be undertaken by our administration to try and reduce the risk of this happening in the future,” said Dirks.

The bodyguard will appear in court today on kidnapping and extortion charges.

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