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Lindiwe does not know how much her protection costs rates and tax payers

The Executive Mayor of Emalahleni, Cllr Lindiwe Ntshalintshali does not know how much was paid to keep her and her family safe during protest action last year.

Cllr Ntshalintshali said on national television she is not aware of how much was paid.

WITBANK NEWS’s headlines last week screamed out that R1.6-million was paid to keep the mayor safe.

Mr Kingdom Mabuza, municipal spokesperson said,

“The executive mayor and councillors are not responsible for procurement of services including security service, it is the sole responsibility of officials.”

He said the municipality is scrutinising some of the security contracts to check whether their pricing is market related or not.

Mabuza made this comment after WITBANK NEWS calculated that millions are spent on another private security company and also the Red Ants.

“These security companies are not necessarily employed to guard the executive mayor. They are employed to guard municipal buildings and assets. They are also responsible for access control. As and when there are threats directed to councillors including the executive mayor, we are obliged to offer security. It must be noted that her home in Phola was petrol bombed twice previously and her family was not compensated. It is a well known fact that councillors are attacked and killed elsewhere within South Africa, so we will not take things for granted when there are threats,” Mabuza commented.

Read more in WITBANK NEWS on Friday, October 13.

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