Prospective ANC BCM councillor accused of encouraging “illegal activities”

BY CHARL BOSCH - MARCH 15, 2016

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape has blasted an African National Congress (ANC) candidate for councillor in the Buffalo City Metro, of allegedly encouraging residents to build houses on private land without any authorisation.

In a statement, DA Buffalo City constituency leader, and national Shadow Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Kevin Mileham, said Mandy Wetsetse has also been spurring residents of extension 10 in Braelyn on to make use of illegal electricity connections from streetlights and electricity poles, adding that concerned residents’ attempt to raise the matter with police fell on deaf ears.

“A [police] vehicle, Delta 3 (registration: BSG 974 B), was dispatched, but the officer left without taking any action against the illegal connections or those connecting them,” Mileham said.

“The officer is reported to have said that no more than three illegal connections should be made per pole, in order to avoid overloading. An attempt was made to report this matter to the Duncan Village police station, but the police were uninterested. To date, there has been no response from Buffalo City Municipality”.

Mileham said the party would raise the matter during the next sitting of council, and that the ruling party needs to take actions against Wetsetse if the reports were indeed true.