The MEC for COGTA, Zolile Williams has received news this morning of yet another torching and shooting incident last night of a councillor of Port St. Johns Local Municipality. The MEC condemns the spate of violence currently unfolding in Port St. Johns Loca Municipality.

The latest incident follows an incident on the 4th of October 2022 wherein the house of the Mayor of Port St. Johns was set alight at night by unknown arsonists. On the 6th of October the house of the Speaker of the Council was burned down.

A week before, a councillor of Ingquza Hill Municipality together with his son were fatally shot at their home. The attackers are still at large. The MEC is monitoring the trend with concern. The MEC condemns with the strongest possible terms the unfolding violence.

On the 6th of October, the MEC received the communique from the Mayor of Port St. Johns Municipality relating to the demands of a group of people who call themselves Port St. Johns Community Forum. After the Mayor’s communication with the MEC, the MEC has taken a decision to visit the municipality on the 11th of October. The MEC will be accompanied by the
Executive Mayor of O.R. Tambo District Municipality, Cllr. Mesuli Ngqondwana.

The MEC says that no amount of anger justifies the burning of a house of a Mayor. This unfortunate incident was preceded by the Mayor receiving death threats from unknown people who wanted her to appoint local people to management positions or else she resigns as a Mayor. In the meantime, the MEC is in communication with the South African Police Service (SAPS) Provincial Commissioner to attend to the situations in Port St. Johns and Ingquza Hill Municipalities.
The MEC wishes to see the end of the violence which could be avoided by round table talks. Violence is no substitute to constructive engagements.

Issued By: EC COGTA

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