Alex Japho Matlala
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1 Oct 2019
6:55 am

Greater Tzaneen’s R700K bouncers spark residents’ rage

Alex Japho Matlala

The guards were hired to protect councillors but another company was already contracted for the job, which prompted residents to protest.

Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality buildings, Tzaneen. Picture: Letaba Herald

The appointment of bouncers costing R700,000 by the Greater Tzaneen municipality has created a major headache for the municipal manager and mayor. They appointed the guards to protect councillors following a spate of disruptions of sittings, although another company was already contracted to deliver the same service. During one disruption municipal manager Serapelo Matlala was allegedly assaulted by intruders. He opened a case at Tzaneen police station and took a week’s leave to recuperate. Other councillors were also allegedly assaulted, including at a meeting attended by National Council of Provinces’ members. The employees of a subcontractor engaged by a company...