Calls for heightened security ahead of district’s first council

GROBLERSDAL – The Bolsheviks Party of South Africa (BPSA) has expressed concerns ahead of the first council meeting of the Sekhukhune District Municipality (SDM) which is scheduled to convene on Thursday, 25 November 2021 (today).

The BPSA said they have learnt ahead of the council, meant to swear-in new councillors, that there was a group of dissatisfied faction which planned to disrupt the sitting and make sure the council was not established.

Seun Mogotji, BPSA leader, worried that they would all be pawns in the power games should security not be beefed up ahead of the council meeting.

Mogotji said that SDM Executive Mayor, Stanley Ramaila and the management of the district municipality must make sure that everyone was safe and that security clusters must be on high alert inside and outside the municipal chambers.

“The roads leading to the council must also be highly monitored as they might attack our vehicles to prevent us from going to council. These are not some idle threats and we are not taking them lightly. The security needs to be tightened to allow council to convene and proceed with the business of the day,” said Mogotji.

The party’s security concerns emanate from previous incidents in which a disgruntled group of alleged members of the Economic Freedom Fighters disrupted the processes of swearing-in of EFF councillors into council at various parts of the district.

In the latest incident on Monday, Chaos erupted at Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality offices in Marble Hall when the disgruntled group forced entry into the municipality refusing for their councillors to be sworn-in.

The latest incident followed that in Moutse when the group barricaded their councillors from attending an induction workshop at Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality recently.

 

 

Thapelo Motseo

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