eThekwini provides security to councillor

2013-02-28 00:00

THE IFP councillor in kwaMashu who has escaped two attempts on his life since the weekend was delighted with the provision of bodyguards by eThekwini Municipality yesterday.

“I feel much safer now. The municipality has provided me with bodyguards. The bodyguards reported for work at my house in the morning,” ward 39 councillor Sakhi Ngcamu told The Witness.

Ngcamu was elected in December during a by-election following the kidnapping of former IFP councillor Themba Xulu, who was subsequently found dead in a sugarcane field at Inanda.

On the weekend, Ngcamu escaped the first attempt on his life after gunmen attacked his home while he was with three other IFP members in the A-section of the local hostel.

During the attack, one man was shot and injured.

On Tuesday, gunmen again fired shots at his house, which also doubles as his office. One man was killed and another injured.

The provision of bodyguards to Ngcamu came a day after IFP leader in KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, Blessed Gwala, complained that an application had been made for his protection, yet none was provided by the municipality.

“It is disturbing that while councillor Marcus Zungu of Ward 72, who happens to be an ANC councillor, was given bodyguards when he commenced his duties as a councillor, councillor Ngcamu of Ward 39, who is our councillor, has not received any form of protection from the municipality, although there is evidence that his life is in danger. The delay in providing him the necessary security is unacceptable,” Gwala said on Tuesday.

Ngcamu confirmed his party had asked the municipality to provide him with protection soon after his election last December.

Municipal spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng said they provided security to councillors regardless of their political affiliation.

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