The deputy mayor of Beaufort West Truman Prince has reportedly been hospitalised after he suffered a heart attack today, News24 reports.
It was reported that the deputy mayor was in intensive care and could later be transferred to a hospital in George.
Though officials from the municipality were at the hospital by 1pm today, it was reported they were not allowed to see the deputy mayor.
This story will be updated once more information is available.
Prince is known as a controversial figure, for incidents including:
– In 2016 he was accused of assaulting a female police officer, with video footage of the incident reportedly existing;
– In the same year the DA laid a charge of corruption against Prince for blatantly attempting to bend procurement processes so that some of the proceeds could go toward the ANC’s election campaign in Beaufort West;
– In 2014 he was again investigated for drunk driving after crashing into a truck in Donkin Road in Beaufort West. So far nothing had come of this investigation, despite video footage of the incident being in the public domain;
– In 2010 he was pulled off the road by a traffic officer for reckless driving. He was later found guilty of drunk driving and fined “a meager” R2000. His license was not revoked; and
– In 2005 he was suspended as municipal manager and member of the ANC after a television program revealed how he approached teenage girls for sex. The suspension was later lifted;