Bodyguards’ pay ‘is personal’

2012-11-13 00:00

FORMER Nkandla mayor Zandile Mcadi-Mpanza, of the ANC, yesterday refused to explain who is footing the bill for the bodyguards who continue to protect her although she no longer heads the council.

Mcadi-Mpanza, who was ousted by an NFP/IFP pact within the council, has officially been stripped of all her mayoral privileges. Last month, The Witness reported that Mcadi-Mpanza was voted out as mayor through a vote of no-confidence when NFP councillors voted with their IFP counterparts in defiance of the party’s provincial coalition with the ANC.

Speaking to The Witness, she said she had returned the municipality’s assets. “Respecting the court order that was issued, my bodyguard returned the (mayoral) vehicle to the municipal premises. However, I still have my security guards since my life is in danger,” Mcadi-Mpanza said.

She said she had been threatened several times and her security had been increased.

Mcadi-Mpanza added that she had been attacked twice and her car was followed.

She said she was now using her personal car. When asked who was paying for her bodyguards, she declined to answer, saying the matter was personal.

The new Nkandla mayor, Thokozani Ndlela of the NFP, confirmed that the former mayor had returned the office and car keys.

Ndlela said Mcadi-Mpanza had motivated to keep the car and security guards on the grounds that her life was in danger, but this was denied. Ndlela said he is aware that Mcadi-Mpanza still has bodyguards, adding the municipality was not paying for them.

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