- A Limpopo EFF councillor was arrested on a charge of robbery after allegations surfaced
- Daniel Mampeule appeared in court already, but his case was postponed to 12 November for a formal bail application
- The EFF distanced itself from the councillor and his behaviour, saying no one is above the law
EFF member, Daniel Mampeule, has been suspended by the party's Limpopo branch after allegations of house robberies and muggings were leveled against the 36-year-old councillor.
Mampeule was taken into custody on Sunday. The following day, the former councillor appeared in the Northam Magistrate's Court. He was charged with robbery.
Briefly.co.za learned that Mampeule was the ward 7 councillor in Thabazimbi.
According to a report by The Citizen, Mampeule was working with a notorious group of people in the area. It's believed he terrorised the local community.
Locals also accused Mampeule of being the leader of a gang, which residents said hide on the street corners. It's claimed the gang robs people of their goods, especially in the evenings.
In the latest incident, which also led to the councillor's arrest, it's alleged he and two accomplices broke into a home in Northam, where they robbed the residents of money and booze.
Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, the Limpopo police spokesperson, said: Mampeule is back in police custody. His court case was postponed to 12 November. During this court appearance, he will apply for bail.
Meanwhile, the EFF in Limpopo confirmed the councillor has been banned from participating in any of the party's activities.
Jossey Buthane, the EFF's provincial leader, said:
“Unlike other political organisations which romance crime … as soon as we had proof Mampeule had been arrested for crime, we did not waste time but took action.”
According to Buthane, the EFF will use Mampeule's case as an example. She told the media the party does not tolerate crime, adding no one is above the law.
Buthane said the EFF distances itseld from such behaviour:
"We are calling upon the law enforcement to arrest anyone, without any favour or fear. We believe that councillors and leaders must lead by example.”
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