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Councillor lives in fear

By unknown | Nov 01, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Benson Ntlemo

A Limpopo councillor is living in fear, all because the community in her ward is demanding electricity.

Thinawanga Selinah Mbedzi, a councilor in Ward 16 in the Thulamela Municipality, was rescued by police when members of the community bayed for her blood.

They were angry that the deadline set for the electrification of their village had passed and that no electricity had been installed.

Mbedzi said she had gone to the village on Saturday in the company of the technical manager to inform the community about the progress regarding the electrification.

She was invited to do so by the local traditional leader, she said.

"But as soon as members of the community set their eyes on us, they behaved like bulls seeing a red flag.

"They were armed with an assortment of weapons and we were saved by the police who soon came to the scene after we contacted them," said Mbedzi.

Mbedzi's problems did not end there.

On Tuesday morning, she woke up to find one of the doors to her house broken. The following morning she found the kitchen door broken.

The community has entered into a partnership with the municipality to have their households electrified.

They paid R600 per household, while 40 percent of the amount came from the Mulenzhe Development Trust.

Police spokesman in Vhembe, Captain Mashudu Malelo, promised to investigate the matter.


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