Leaders fear for their safety

2012-08-21 00:00

THE murder of an ANC ward councillor in Estcourt has instilled fear in other ANC leaders in the area.

Yesterday evening, the leaders were set to meet with provincial leadership of the ANC to discuss their safety concerns.

Estcourt councillor Jimmy Lembede was shot dead and his wife and five-year-old daughter wounded during an attack in their home on Friday.

Lembede’s 11-year-old son Nzuzo sustained serious burn wounds after a pot filled with oil was struck by a bullet and toppled onto him.

Umtshezi (Estcourt) Mayor and chairperson of the ANC in the Ukhahlamba region, Bongani Dlamini, said the situation in the area was uncomfortable.

Dlamini was adamant that Lembede was killed for political reasons.

“We cannot hide the fact that his killing was politically motivated. There is nothing that connects Lembede to anything other than politics,” said Dlamini.

He said as a ward councillor himself, he would now be reluctant to help anyone after 4 pm because it would be difficult to tell whether those people had come for help or with sinister motives.

The killers posed as constituents seeking help to gain access to the Lembede home.

“We have councillors that work with community members in deep rural areas. These councillors have no protection, the situation is much better for us as mayors because we have some level of protection.”

Community Safety spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said that by yesterday there had been no arrests.

• The Witness reported yesterday that Lembede was in the process of overseeing the building of 200 RDP houses, the correct number is in fact 2 000 houses. We regret the error.

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