Tshwane ward councillors

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Tshwane’s big problem: Crime kingpins ‘trying to get elected’ as Councillors

In an affront to the democracy of South Africa, hardened criminals in Tshwane are trying to pose as Ward Councillors for the 2021 Local Elections.

Tshwane ward councillors

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Be careful who you vote for – especially if you live in Tshwane. Police Minister Bheki Cele has sounded a stark warning for the metro, after it was discovered that criminal bosses are planning to run as Ward Councillors in the 2021 Elections.

Crooks, gangsters running for election in Tshwane – by posing as Ward Councillors

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has established a team that will focus its investigation work on the violence that has hit the Tshwane area, leading up to the local government elections. This comes as the Police Ministry led two community engagements in a form of street Izimbizo, hosted in Mamelodi and Mabopane.

The Tshwane region has been identified as a hotspot for potential attacks and threats linked to political violence, as the country edges nearer to the November elections. However, Bheki Cele and his comrades have found that the democratic process is being exploited by those with nefarious intentions.

Local Elections 2021: Criminal threat to democratic process

According to our top cop, well-known crooks are running for election on behalf of criminal syndicates, in order to strengthen their grip on power in certain regions. Wards are being targeted systematically, and Bheki Cele is well aware of the threat this poses to free and fair elections in SA.

He has vowed to ‘go in hard’ to catch those exploiting the system:

“There are people who want to be Councillors, not on behalf of the people in the community but on behalf of criminal syndicates, so that the thugs they serve can continue to terrorise and extort businesses in the area.

“There are also politicians who are trying to have their preferred candidates contest elections and believe using violence and intimidation tactics is going to work, it won’t. We are going hard on this phenomenon. The SAPS and the detective team that has been appointed will ensure that everyone who is involved in these crimes is dealt with accordingly.”