Municipal workers said machine gun-wielding inter-ministerial task team members arrived in unmarked cars and stormed the building between 8am and 9am, blocking both entrances to the yard and to the building.
“I was already inside the building and had done signing-in for the day. As I stepped outside, leaving for my department at the other side of town, I just froze when I came face to face with machine gun nozzles trained on me. I was instructed to go back inside, and that was the beginning of the ordeal,” said an employee who declined to be named.
“I don’t know how many they were, but they were everywhere - inside the building and all over the yard. It was scary. No one was allowed to leave, and no one was allowed to get in from the morning until around noon.”
Another employee said the raid was linked to the murder of Zakhele Mazibuko, a municipal employee and IFP leader in the uThukela district.