Ward councillor’s house burnt

2018-11-09 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedA burnt house belonging to an ANC councillor.

PHOTO: suppliedA burnt house belonging to an ANC councillor.

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A HOUSE belonging to an ANC Ward 12 Councillor, Nancy Jili from Mazabekweni village in Ixopo was seen in flames on October 24. She and her children managed to escape unharmed, according to Captain Gcinumzi Dlamini, the SAPS spokesperson.

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

It is reported that furniture and important documents were burnt by the fire.

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

“On 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.

A R1.9 million library was torched in the KwaNokweja village, 20km away from Mazabekweni, in July and people from both villages, KwaNokweja and Mazabekweni, embarked on a service delivery protest, demanding water in June.

“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 criminals who set fire to Jili’s house.

Dladla said councillors are elected by community members and if are unhappy with their councillors 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 from Umzimkhulu Local Municipality in the Harry Gwala Region were ambushed.

The victims were: Councillor Khaya Thobela, Councillor Mduduzi Tshibase and Councillor Sindiso Maqaga 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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