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Western Cape councillors under attack

2012-10-26 11:16

Cape Town - Western Cape municipalities have had to fork out almost R3.5m on protecting councillors deemed to be in danger, it was reported on Friday.

The Cape Argus reported that 11 councillors had been under police protection between last July until now because of service delivery protests, intimidation and beatings.

Most councillors were in the City of Cape Town, with others in Plettenberg Bay and Grabouw.

The information was revealed by provincial local government MEC Anton Bredell in a written reply to African National Congress chief whip Pierre Uys.

Bitou council Myor Memory Booysens and his deputy Adam van Rhyner, both from the Democratic Alliance, have had protection since last year following their party's victory in the May 2011 municipal elections.

According to the report, their protection had cost R2.6m so far and was being re-evaluated to see if they were still under threat.

DA Atlantis councillor Barbara Rass had been under guard since last month, saying she had been intimidated, physically attacked and her property destroyed.

"I don't know if it is political or criminal. I don't know who is behind it or why," she reportedly said.

Bredell said he was worried about the intimidation but hopeful it was not a trend in the province.

Comments
  • kala.bafazi - 2012-10-26 11:21

    I sure could do with some of this protection. Do I qualify if I have been robbed and/or assaulted. I pay my taxes every year and surely as a citizen of SA deserve this protection. Or am I, like the rest of my fellow citizens, just good old "canon fodder"

      Shaun - 2012-10-26 11:42

      EXACTLY,WHAT MAKES THEIR LIFE MORE PRECIOUS THAN MINE.

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-10-26 11:51

      Cape Town in the news a lot lately..Is the DA losing the plot...Viva ANC Viva

      devon.meredith.31 - 2012-10-26 12:05

      You're right. It does seem to be in the news alot. Increased violence, intimidation and destruction of property...vaguely remember someone saying they would make the province ungovernable....who was that again?

      charlesglass1895 - 2012-10-26 12:20

      @clifford.... Amazing how much time you have to write comments with the sole intention of getting a reaction from DA supporters and Cape Town citizens... Do all the nurses at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital get as much free time as you do?

      rowan.clark.10 - 2012-10-26 12:34

      Right govmt,s duty is to protect all your people and how is that going ,sadly, when you read stories of teenagers being hijacked and shot .Well done the good cops out there still doing your work under this heavy load .Curses to the scum picking on soft targets and all those behind them waiting for the spoils. We need to put your callous labor to use for all our benefit when you are caught, and there is a lot of labor in there that could be saving money on rdp houses making all the fittings and bricks for example.We should be benefiting from your crimes

      Desilusionada - 2012-10-26 12:45

      @deicide Their lives are not more precious. You just have no idea what these people are exposed to. And if they cry about it then they are accused of cheap politicking. They are exposed to the Green Book tactics. Those learned by the ANC in Vietnam (yes, there) and practised in KZN. Kill the opposition and put your own people in. If you work for a high risk company, then the company will provide extra protection...

      richard.hipkin - 2012-10-26 13:29

      No clifford, the ANC are showing their true colours. You will see them become more and more desperate as they lose more and more wards.

      walter.laurie - 2012-10-26 13:59

      If the Western Cape and its people are being attacked for voting DA, then why don't we just secede and declare the Western Cape Independent? SA is anyway going to the dogs - whay not save and protect the best part?

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-27 16:27

      Vote again If Only to piss the news 24 guys off. Yes for Independant western Cape. No for carrying on like Idiots. You Know what to do: Up yes Down no

  • pmbadenhorst - 2012-10-26 11:33

    i pay more tax than them, where is my protection ? what makes them so special ?

      sdstock - 2012-10-26 12:18

      Agree that everyone should be protected ... but they are in the spotlight ... and if they are standing up for for their constituents for the greater good and are under threat because of it ... then they deserve the protection. If not ... we mustn't elect them again!

      Desilusionada - 2012-10-26 12:47

      @sdstock Not mustn't elect them. We will not be ABLE to elect them...

      richard.hipkin - 2012-10-26 13:27

      Because they engage in these communities while you sit plush in your "safe" areas...

  • kyle.naidoo.5011 - 2012-10-26 11:45

    HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Why isn't anyone giving a flying twiddle about the millions that are spent by the govennment , with shadow flights , blue light brigades etc etc . Clowns the bunch of you !!!

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-26 12:19

    I won't be surprised if those Councillors are the targets of ANC democracy.

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-10-26 12:21

    Although it is/was money spend by the DA it is the anc & their hooligans that are directly responsible for the spending of the WC taxpayers' money.. Proof is they were the ones saying that they would make the Western Cape ungovernable..

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-26 12:31

    Very rich coming from the chief whip Pierre Uys. After the country "whipped" your asses out of the NNP ...

  • wayne.prince.1257 - 2012-10-26 12:38

    DA Councillors in Western Cape under attack... IFP in KZN also under attack? Wonder who is doing all this "attacking" No Councillors in Limpopo getting attacked tho. mmmmm

      richard.hipkin - 2012-10-26 13:28

      It's so obvious isn't it?

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-26 12:55

    Savages only know the law of the jungle. Arrest them.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-10-26 13:32

    Must be embarrassing to be an ANC supporter. No wonder they in such denial, a once powerful organisation with credible leaders such as Oliver Tambo, Albert Luthuli and Nelson Mandela has turned into nothing more than a gang of thugs.

  • Mike Hyland - 2013-04-11 21:22

    There's a storm coming ..... and they can't see it until it's at thier doorstep.

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