Councillor lives in hiding

2013-05-20 00:00

A DEMOCRATIC Alliance councillor in the Stanger-based kwaDukuza Municipality has accused the municipal manager of refusing to provide him with security guards when his life is at risk.

Councillor Thokozani Gumede told The Witness yesterday that he started receiving death threats three months ago.

Gumede, who is in hiding, said the police had conducted a threat assessment and recommended to the ANC-led municipality that it provide him with security guards.

However, he said, municipal manager Nhlanhla Mdakane had not tabled the police report to the council for a decision.

“He has not done what he is supposed to do to implement the recommendations contained in the provincial police intelligence report,” Gumede said, adding that three other councillors, including one from the Inkatha Freedom Party, were being protected by security guards hired by the municipality.

He believes the threats on his life arise from his exposure of corrupt practices in the municipality, which he exposed in a newspaper. They included the placing of 200 people on a housing beneficiary list after they had each paid R500 to a ward committee member. He claimed in an affidavit that the housing list allegations had angered other councillors.

Gumede said he began to fear for his life when an ANC member asked if he did not fear being killed in the event that an accused councillor hired hitmen to assassinate him. “This left me with a question in my mind as to whether she knew something about hitmen being hired to kill me,” he wrote.

He said he was alerted on Saturday to a suspicious vehicle parked near a neighbour’s house, which later turned out to be bearing false registration plates.

Gumede has since opened a conspiracy to commit murder charge with the police, which is being probed by a provincial task team.

The police crime intelligence report, shown to The Witness, said the plot to kill Gumede was hatched last year. It named four people who allegedly plotted to kill him at a meeting.

However, Mdakane questioned the crime intelligence report in correspondence with the police, saying it contained no evidence that Gumede’s life was at risk.

Yesterday, he reiterated there was no evidence that Gumede was under threat, and said he could not present the police report, which contained contradictions, to the council for deliberation.

Mdakane denied dealing with the matter differently because it involved a DA councillor, saying that he had thought of providing Gumede with security until he received a satisfactory response from the police, but “how I do I justify the expenditure?”.

He would meet with the police to discuss the matter soon.

Mdakane said only one councillor was currently being protected.

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