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The City of Cape Town has provided a senior employee with VIP protection after he reportedly received death threats from a council contractor whose company is embroiled in a civil dispute with the city.
The threats allegedly come from a company that has provided electrical services to the city for many years.
City manager Achmat Ebrahim said the individual alleged to have made the threats had “over invoiced” the city for services rendered.
The city claimed the company owed the council about R1.1 million.
Deputy mayor Ian Neilson said the city was notified of the threats by an associate of the individual.
It was claimed that the individual had said she would ask her boyfriend to find someone to kill the official if she “went down”.
Neilson said the official, who works in the city’s supply chain management department, was provided with protection services.
He said mayor Patricia de Lille would ask Western Cape police commissioner Lieutenant General Arno Lamoer to investigate the case “as a matter of urgency”. - Cape Argus