Daily tabloid Sunday Sun has reported that since the gazetting of election results earlier this month, the party’s members and officials have been dealing with death threats in greater numbers.
The DA’s Northern Cape councillor Hannes Baatjies, 49, was found lying on his face on the main road between Danielskuil and Postmasburg after being shot twice in the head and once in the upper body, and dragged a distance before being dumped.
It was suspected that his murder was politically motivated, as Baaitjies received death threats shortly after winning Ward 2 in Danielskuil on August 3rd 2016, successfully wrestling it from the ANC.
ANC councillor Zonisele Magawu, 29, was later arrested for the murder and appeared in the Postmasburg Magistrates’ Court.
The DA’s shadow MP of cooperative governance and traditional affairs, Kevin Mileham, said several more DA councillors have now been threatened, especially in places where the results had been close. He claimed that DA councillors had also been victims of intimidation attempts prior to election day on August 3.
The paper named KwaZulu-Natal councillor Bonginkosi Zwane as among those receiving threatening phone calls. Demands were made to him to vote with one political “organisation” instead of the IFP. The organisation was not named.
Mileham said security had been beefed up for councillors and law enforcement was notified.