Cllr taken to task

2018-06-28 06:00
Nyanga Development Forum deputy secretary Lunga Mtwetwe and his secretary Khwezi Tyatyam at Nyanga library.            PHOTO: unathi obose

Nyanga Development Forum deputy secretary Lunga Mtwetwe and his secretary Khwezi Tyatyam at Nyanga library. PHOTO: unathi obose

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Members of the Nyanga Development Forum have laid charges against their local councillor, accusing him of swearing and threatening to kill them – words uttered during a committee meeting held at Nomzamo Pre-School in Super Nkathazo, Nyanga.

Ward 37 councillor Luyanda Nyingwa is at the centre of a raging storm in his locale.

According to his accusers, Nyanga Development Forum deputy secretary Lunga Mtwetwe and his secretary Khwezi Tyatyam, Nyingwa made the threats at the Nyanga Library during a meeting organised by the South African National Civic Organisation, to give feedback regarding the REF 2849 development project, which is along Lansdowne Road in Nyanga.

Nyanga police station communications officer Captain Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi confirmed that a case of intimidation is under investigation, and will be pursued at the Fezeka Magistrate Court in Gugulethu next Thursday.

Tyatyam and Mtwetwe said chaos started after the project steering committee’s Lucky Thafeni accused Mtwetwe of maladministration­.

“Lucky accused me of keeping the sub-contractors’ profiles with me. He said I am negotiating with the contractors to give me bribes. We called him to order, but he continued speaking,” Mtwetwe alleged.

He said the councillor stood up and said people working with the committee wanted to kill him and others, causing conflict so that the development could not to progress.

“We also called him to order and he pointed at us, saying they were doing us (NDF members) a favour by being part of the meeting.

“He said he was going to kill us, calling us amakhwenkwe.

“Even people who were part of the meeting tried to stop him, taking him to his car to cool off,” Mtwetwe alleged.

He said the meeting had to be adjourned to the following week Friday.

“We met again last Friday but we were kicked out by Sanco members, who held that we should await the outcome of the court case,” said Mtwetwe.

Nyingwa neither denied nor admitted the allegations against him, but reserved his right to reply, he said, as the case was sub judice.

“I won’t comment until we appear in court. After everything is resolved by the court, you can contact me again to hear my side of the story,” he said.

Tyatyam accused working committee members of not being transparent with the project.

“We want transparency and unity,” he said.

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