The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Limpopo has called on the African National Congress (ANC) to suspend its Councillor who was arrested over the weekend for public violence following the Vuwani riot.
According to SAPS, four people‚ including an ANC Councillor in the Makhado local municipality were arrested and charged for public violence in the troubled Limpopo area.
The Councillor was allegedly arrested on his way to a prayer service organized by the government and local pastors for the restoration of peace after the Vuwani riot.
Speaking further, DA’s Jacques Smalle revealed that the people in custody were arrested and charged with public violence and destruction of property following the burning of dozens of schools during the recent violent service delivery protests.
Smalle, who spoke on behalf of the party called on Makhado municipal council to suspend the ANC Councillor with immediate effect and for his ultimate dismissal should he be found guilty.
He added that “the police must extensively investigate the involvement of politicians and municipal officials in these crimes that affected the whole community.”
Smalle posited that “The code of conduct for Councillors states that Councillors must perform the functions of office in good faith‚ honestly and a transparent manner; and must at all times act in the best interest of the municipality and in such a way that the credibility and integrity of the municipality are not compromised.
Meanwhile, the ANC has promised to launch an internal investigation and processes to deal with the Councillor. Khathu Netshifhefhe, who is ANC Vhembe regional secretary asserted that the party feels deeply disappointed that one of its deployees was fingered in the destruction of government property.
“We’re very disappointed that one of our own Councillors was part of the burning of government property, when he was supposed to be protecting it and assisting us calm down the situation,” he said.
Reacting to the ugly development too, ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa said the culprits must definitely face the music of the law as no political affiliations or alliance will save them.
“It is even worse when they’re ANC members and our Councillors,” Kodwa said.
Meanwhile, the four suspects will appear in the Malamulele Magistrate’s Court today.
25 persons have so far been arrested in connection with the violence that broke out in the Vuwani riot. The violence broke out after the community lost a court case in which they opposed being incorporated into a new municipality.
At least two dozen schools were torched so far and about 50 schools in the area and the surrounding areas have been closed for safety reasons‚ affecting close to 40,000 learners.