Deputy mayor fears for her life

2017-04-14 06:00
 Photo: suppliedUmzimkhulu mayor, Mphuthumi Mpabanga (left) and deputy mayor, Sindisiwe Nkala.

Photo: suppliedUmzimkhulu mayor, Mphuthumi Mpabanga (left) and deputy mayor, Sindisiwe Nkala.

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DEPUTY mayor of Umzimkhulu Municipality, Sindisiwe Nkala claims that there is a group of community members and local traditional leaders in Ward 4 that are intimidating her and she feels not safe after receiving death threat messages.

She said problems in the area started when she was announced by the ruling party as Ward 4 candidate before local government elections in August last year. “There were people that were against me as ward candidate. I received many messages threatening to kill me and I reported to the ruling party and to police,” said Nkala.

The Ward 4 area has 11 villages.

Nkala said when she wants to introduce projects to the area local traditional leaders do not allow her to do so even to hold community meetings in the area. Nkala said she is now holding community meetings in open spaces in the presence of municipal police for safety.

“There are unauthorised meetings that are happening in the area which makes me scared of my life and my family,” said Nkala.

Umzimkhulu mayor, Mphuthumi Mpabanga visited the area several times to bring stability but was unsuccessful as many people do not want to listen. He said instability in the area is political motivated by individuals that are pushing their agendas.

He said the municipality is considering in giving Nkala extra security so as to be safe. “I can’t tell the public about how many security officers are going to be provided and how they are going to operate but our concern is to protect Nkala,” said Mpabanga.

Umzimkhulu Speaker Khaya Thobela said the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Department of Community Safety and SAPS are going to be made aware to make sure that Nkala is safe.

Incidents of suspected political related killings in KwaZulu-Natal have been of a concern to premier Willies Mchunu, prompting him to appoint a commission to investigate.


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