By Katlego Suzan Phala (MPL), DA Limpopo Spokesperson on Safety:
The DA can reveal that an activist of ours in Lithuli Park, has had her home’s electricity cut off at the request of the ANC ward councillor, to spite her for crossing from the ANC to the DA.
Rebecca Phago who until recently was an ANC activist, defected to the DA because ANC service delivery in her community has completely failed.
Rebecca started to recruit members for the DA in her ward, but the ANC Ward Councillor threatened to cut services to her home if she proceeded to exercise her right of political freedom.
The ANC ward councillor has now made good on his continuous threats and had Phago’s electricity cut off by the Polokwane Municipality. After several complaints to the municipality, she was referred back to the very same councillor to take up her grievance, which is an untenable situation.
After exhausting all possible avenues, Rebecca laid a charge of intimidation under cas/689/11/2015 at the Seshego Police Station against the ANC Ward Councillor.
To date the investigating officer of the case has provided no updates or feedback, while Phago’s electricity remains switched off.
The DA believes that all cases reported to SAPS must be fully investigated without fear or favour and not wilfully neglected due to the complainant’s political affiliation.
The DA will be writing to the Provincial Police Commissioner lt-gen Fani Masemola, requesting him to follow up on this matter and to report progress to the DA.
The DA remained concerned by the reluctance of police to investigate a charge of intimidation laid by a DA member against an ANC ward councillor.