NMB Municipality reports death threats against DA councillors to police

Mayor Athol Trollip says they could be linked to criminal complaints lodged by the pair after they were assaulted in a brawl that broke out a council meeting last October.

FILE: Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Athol Trollip. Picture: @AtholT/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in the Eastern Cape has alerted police about death threats received by two Democratic Alliance councillors.

The party's chief whip in the city council, Werner Senekal, and Roads and Transport mayoral committee member Rano Kayser got threatening text messages last week.

Mayor Athol Trollip says they could be linked to criminal complaints lodged by the pair after they were assaulted in a brawl that broke out a council meeting last October.

“Those are untested andremain simply an allegation. So there was a link between those that case and these two councillors but it was also the content of the tip off. So we’re very concerned about that and that is why we’ve reported it to the provincial and political leadership of the ANC.”

Earlier in July, a municipal official was murdered in the province in an alleged hit.

The council speaker of the Raymond Mhlaba Local Municipality in Fort Beaufort was gunned down after she was threatened.