Drakenstein Municipality condemns, in the strongest possible terms,
the behaviour of the leader of a political party at the Paarl Civic Centre on 8
incident involving the community leader/politician, a female security officer of
the Municipality laid a charge of assault with the South African Police Service
According to the
female security guard and witnesses, the man and a number of his followers –
participating in an illegal march - stormed the gates of the Civic Centre. Doing
her duty, she attempted to close the gate when the leader forced his way in by
pushing her out of the way.
In the process he
allegedly hit the officer in the face on her left cheek with his fist and his
elbow as he continued to force his way into the building. He allegedly
continued to scream and swear aggressively while the officer called for
The Municipality does
not tolerate any form of abuse or violence against any staff member and will
fully co-operate with the SAPS in the investigation. The Municipality also has
an interdict against the same person prohibiting such behaviour and will
therefore pursue charges of contempt of a court order.
opposes any form of violence and gender-based violence (GBV) in particular, and
therefore decided to launch a programme last year, called “365 Days Against GBV”,
to highlight this scourge. It believes everyone should practice a
zero-tolerance approach to any instance of violence.
Issued by: Communication and Marketing, Drakenstein Municipality