City of Joburg vows to prioritise safety of councillors

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The City of Johannesburg says measures will be put in place to ensure that councillors have enough protection when they go to public events.

This follows the fatal shooting of Rand Water’s executive and former African National Congress (ANC) Tshwane regional spokesperson, Teboho Joala, alongside his protector at Rand Water’s school shoes and uniform handover at Zakariyya Park community hall on Monday.

The city’s speaker, Margaret Arnolds, says they will ensure that there is a police presence, Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) and other protection services when MMCs and councillors go to events.

She says they don’t know if other councillors are also in danger.

“We are relying on the investigation of SAPS, so we will hear from them what the report is and if there is anything, then we would want to strengthen the security around our councillors, especially ward councillors, MMCs, the Mayor, and other officials.”

Rand Water spokesperson Makenosi Maroo has since said the shooting is being investigated and more details will be communicated in due course.

Rand Water’s statement on the incident in the tweet below: