Councillor’s house burnt down

2018-11-09 06:00

A HOUSE belonging to ANC Ward 12 Councillor Nancy Jili, from Mazabekweni village in Ixopo, was severely damaged in a fire on October 24. According to SAPS spokesperson Captain Gcinumzi Dlamini, Jili and her children managed to escape the fire unharmed.

“A case of arson is being investigated by Ixopo Detectives after the house was burnt at night and no arrest has been made yet,” Dlamini said.

It is reported that furniture and important documents were burned in the fire.

Ubuhlebezwe local municipality spokesman Mlungisi Dladla confirmed the incident, saying Jili’s life has been in danger.

“In June, she was provided with security personnel for 21 days by the Ubuhlebezwe municipality after she heard gunshots in her house. She was told to get her own private security when the 21 days ended,” said Dladla.

In June, people from both villages, KwaNokweja and Mazabekweni, embarked on a service delivery protest where they demanded water.

In July, a R1.9 million library was torched in the KwaNokweja village, 20km away from Mazabekweni.

“There was no peace between community members and their ward councillor, as a result they wanted her to be replaced,” said Inkosi Dlamini from Mazabekweni area.

He called for councillors to be given extra security and called for SAPS to arrest the criminals who set fire to Jili’s house.

Dladla said councillors are elected by community members and, if they are unhappy with their councillors, they must follow the due process.

MEC for the Department of Social Development Weziwe Thusi condemned the incident and called for calm in communities.

Jili was not available for comment.

Last year, three ANC councillors (Councillor Khaya Thobela, Councillor Mduduzi Tshibase and Councillor Sindiso Maqaga) from Umzimkhulu Local Municipality in the Harry Gwala Region were ambushed and, in May this year, another ANC member, Nkosikhona Maxhakana, was shot and killed when he was fixing a light bulb on the veranda at his home in Rietvlei outside Umzimkhulu.

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