Mob threatens Free State councillor: DA

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Bloemfontein - The Democratic Alliance in the Free State has laid criminal charges after a party councillor was threatened while accompanying a TV news crew.

This was confirmed by Free State DA chairwoman Annelie Lotriet on Thursday.

“DA councillor in the Phumelela municipality Doreen Wessels was threatened outside the house of the MEC for economic development, tourism and environmental affairs, Mosebenzi Zwane, by a group of ANC cadres in Warden,” she said.

Lotriet said this happened when Wessels accompanied a television news crew to the area after the DA expressed concerns about Zwane's private home built on municipal land.

The DA said the mob of ANC supporters also attacked the media crew, destroying camera equipment.

Free State ANC spokesman Thabo Meeko said the matter was seen in a serious light.

“The question is why was the TV crew taking pictures with the DA of a private house of a member of the ANC.”

Meeko said the community revolted when they saw the group taking photos of a private individual's home in the community.

“They wondered who were these individuals.”

Meeko said a case was opened against the group after members of the community were called the “k” word.

Lotriet said the DA would continue to conduct oversight and hold government accountable without fear of intimidation.

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