ANC mayor flees post after death threats

Picture credit: Tshepo Kekana
Picture credit: Tshepo Kekana

"Kill The Mayor of Polokwane Municipality Thembi Nkadimeng", "Kill her children", "Burn her house".

These are the chilling messages posted on Facebook by Seshego ANC Youth League ward 11 branch chairman Beefie Nkoana on Thursday.

As a result of Nkoana's post, Nkadimeng fled her office at the advice of the police after pressing a charge of incitement to violence against Nkoana and two other ANC members who egged him on on Friday.

Nkadimeng confirmed that she opened a case against Nkoana, Nomonde Shibambu and Thabo Mabotja.

She also confirmed that she filed a complaint against the trio with the party's provincial headquarters on Friday .

She said she vacated her office after police asked her to do so until they had completed her security assessment.

"I will only go back to work once they have advised me to do so. At the moment there is somebody who is holding the fort," she said.

Limpopo ANC spokeswoman Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said the ANC viewed the matter in a serious light.

"We take seriously and condemn any incident that associates the party with violence. That is why we have asked her to report them to the police and lodge a formal complaint against them with us so that we can also deal with this matter internally," she said.

Limpopo police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe confirmed a charge of incitement against the trio and said investigations were under way.

A senior ANC member alleged Nkadimeng's victimisation is linked to the Peter Mokaba regional conference scheduled to take place soon.

The member, who did not want to be named, said Nkadimeng is challenging deputy regional chairman and Capricorn district municipality mayor John Mpe for the regional chairman position.

The member said Nkoana, who is believed to be Mpe's ally, became angry after Nkadimeng rejected a new list of beneficiaries of ward 11 rehabilitated stands submitted by the branch party leaders.

Nkadimeng demanded the old list and rejected the new one as she suspected the latter was designed to buy votes for Mpe.

Nkadimeng confirmed the attack was triggered by her rejection of the list. "The [original] list was compiled by the former mayor Thabo Makunyane and not me, so why not use it?"

She declined to comment on whether the attack was linked to the upcoming conference. "The branches have asked me to stand so I'm still considering that."

The three accused could not be reached for comment.

Sunday World has learnt that Nkoana deleted the post and apologised for his statements.

ngwakom@sundayworld.co.za

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