A 38-year-old member of the Vhembe District Municipal Council in Thohoyandou, in Limpopo, has been arrested for allegedly intimidating two mayors.

The suspect allegedly sent intimidating video clips to the Executive Mayor of Vhembe District Municipality, Dowelani Nenguda, and to the Mayor of Thulamela Local Municipality, Avhashoni Tshifhango.

The suspects is one of the members of mayoral committee who were reshuffled during the council sitting last Sunday. He was chairperson of the mayoral committee of finance at the Vhembe district municipality. Police say he was arrested at his house in Polokwane on Saturday.

Police Spokesperson Motlafela Mojapelo says the suspect will appear before Thohoyandou Magistrate Court on Monday.

“Members of the provincial investigating unit and the tracking team of the South African Police Service (SAPS) have arrested a member of Thulamela municipal council on Saturday morning following the two cases of intimidation that were opened at Thohoyandou police station. This after the suspect allegedly sent intimidating video clips to the complaints. Suspect aged 38 will appear in Thohoyandou Magistrate’s Court on Monday,” explains Mojapelo.

He faces two counts of intimidation charges.

In a separate case also in the Vhembe District, a 27-year-old man was arrested for alleged murder and intimidation in a case related to the VBS Mutual Bank saga.

Thabo Sibanze allegedly sent threat messages to the leaders of the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU), who were critical of the Vhembe District Municipality’s investment in VBS.  He has been charged with the murder of Samwu leader, Ronald Mani.