22 February 2017
The Democratic Alliance has formally laid charges of assault against a local ANC heavyweight at the Kuruman police station (CAS 147/2/2017) for an unprovoked assault on our ward councillor in Kuruman, Willie Aucamp.
The ANC member is active in the ward won by councillor Aucamp and is simultaneously a state employee, filling the office of manager at the department of Transport, Safety & Liaison.
A community meeting was held on Monday night in the Ga-Segonyana Town Hall during which the mayor gave feedback on the Annual Report for 2015/16. Instead of reporting accurately, the mayor misrepresented facts in a desperate attempt to boost the image of the municipality. In his capacity as programme director, councillor Aucamp intervened and gave the correct information to the community. Quoting from the Auditor-General’s report for 2015/16, he informed the public of wrongdoing and maladministration at the municipality. This includes numerous misstatements in financial statements which are indicative of fraud, irregularities in the supply chain management processes and the failure of the leadership to set the right tone.
The ANC member became aggravated that the DA councillor was speaking the truth about mismanagement by the ANC-led municipality. During the meeting, he launched a personal tirade against the councillor. When the meeting had concluded, he physically attacked the councillor, threatened to kill the councillor and alleged that the councillor had made racial slurs.
We reject this thuggish behaviour outright. It is a clear indication that the ANC is panicked and has nothing to offer the community other than violence and threats.
We will not entertain any attempts to intimidate or victimise our councillors.
We have seen the escalation of political violence in the nearby Kgatelopele Local Municipality, where one of our elected councillors was brutally assassinated for expressing his political views. Now another one of our councillors have been threatened with death for exposing the truth about municipal mismanagement. We trust that SAPS will deal with the matter urgently. To this end, the DA has today written the provincial SAPS Commissioner, to bring this political violence to his attention.
Our councillors were elected with the mandate from the community to stop corruption, create jobs and deliver better services. Bullies in the ANC will not prevent us from delivering on our promises to voters.
DA Constituency Head for the Kalahari
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