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DA calls on SAPS to speed up hunt for alleged saboteurs in Nelson Mandela Bay

Nov 20, 2017
DA calls on SAPS to speed up hunt for alleged saboteurs in Nelson Mandela Bay

The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday said that the South African Police Services (SAPS) should prioritise and speed up its investigations into sabotage by some municipal officials in Nelson Mandela Bay.

This comes as the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality offered a R25 000 reward for information on the alleged saboteurs, who are alleged to have caused many service delivery disruptions over the past few weeks in order to incite anger at the DA-led coalition.

"In the light of the violence, looting and destruction of property that broke out in the Northern Areas of Nelson Mandela Bay a week ago and fresh evidence of sabotage by some rogue elements, the DA in the Eastern Cape calls on the South African Police Services (SAPS) to prioritise and speed up its investigations into sabotage by some municipal officials in Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB)," said Mlindi Nhanha - DA Eastern Cape Provincial Spokesperson.

He said that Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Member of the Mayoral Committee, Councillor Annette Lovemore, laid charges of sabotage with the SAPS over a month ago.

"Especially after Sunday’s press conference held by Executive Mayor Athol Trollip, where community members came forward confirming that they have seen people in an unmarked vehicle closing a valve, which led to areas of KwaZakhele, New Brighton, Zwide and Soweto On Sea to spend the weekend without water, it is imperative that the SAPS investigate with urgency so that those responsible for denying residents access to basic services are brought to book."

Mlindin said that "the DA-led coalition in Nelson Mandela Bay has made it clear that it will not bend over backwards to consent to the demands of some self-serving civil servants who have made it their business to sabotage service delivery in the city; both directly and indirectly".

He added; "The DA in the Eastern Cape wishes to express its full confidence in Executive Mayor Athol Trollip and his team, and encourage them to continue to take difficult but necessary decisions in reversing the rot of corruption and restoring good governance.

"We commend him and his team for offering a reward of R25 000 for information that will lead to a successful prosecution of these criminals, and further urge communities to report any suspicious acts in their areas."