Law enforcement officers have been deployed to monitor the situation in Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape where residents of two Wards in the area’s local municipality protested against the swearing in of two councillors.
They say they do not accept the councillors because the African National Congress imposed them on the residents.
The residents also claim the councillors are not from their wards. Zwelenkosi Sonjica and Siviwe Mjoli are from Wards 20 and two.
They say, “Even if he is sworn in, we will not accept him as our councillor. He must go back to Ward 17. I don’t know how he will do that because Ward 17 already has a councillor. We would rather put everything on standstill than allow him to lead us.”
“We did not vote for him. We voted for the ANC that we love. We just don’t want him at Ward 2 because he’s not from there. He may have been sworn in, but we will never let him lead us”.
In October, residents of Matsikama spoke about the function of local councillors: