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Ward 9 residents forum in support of councillor’s victim

Ward 9 residents forum gathered outside East London Magistrates Court where Councillor Mendi Wetsetse appeared.

The residents were in support of one of her many victims, with placards saying that they were sick and tired of her nonsense in their community.

Cllr Wetsetse appeared in court following her arrest on Wednesday, 13 January, for refusing to sign a protection order against her.

In September 2018, Cllr Wetsetse allegedly accused then 20-year-old Thobani Zathu with breaking into her home and stealing her plasma TV.

It is alleged that after the accusation, Cllr Wetsetse, her boyfriend and around 50 of her followers assaulted and tried to burn Thobani using petrol. Luckily, Thobani found a chance and escaped. He sought refuge in the rural areas.

Thobani and his family went on to report the matter to the Duncan Village Police station and opened five criminal cases against Cllr Wetsetse, but nothing came of it.

Cllr Wetsetse threatened Thobani again after he returned to East London for medical purposes in December 2021, saying that he should leave, or he would die the same night.

Thobani went on to seek a protection order against Cllr Wetsetse, which was granted.

Several criminal cases were opened against the councillor of similar nature in Nkandla, Braelyn Extension, Stoneydrift and parts of Amalinda.

One of those gathered outside the court, Bulumko Kapu from Braelyn Extension 10, said, “We marched and gave the police at Duncan Village Police Station a memorandum in November 2021, in reference to all the unresolved criminal cases that were opened against the councillor but never made it to court.”

The court case has been postponed for the 7th of February.



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