- An axed Democratic Alliance councillor claims to have been receiving threats after voting alongside the ANC
- The Joburg member was reportedly told that he wouldn't live to see Christmas because of the debacle
- The fallout from Geoff Makhubo being appointed mayor is evidently weighing on Vinay Choonie
Vinay Choonie has been exposed as one of the Democratic Alliance councillors who voted along with the ANC to appoint Geoff Makhubo as the mayor of Johannesburg.
News24 spoke to the axed councillor, who claims to have been threatened and insulted over his decision.
Dubbed a 'sellout' and a 'traitor', Choonie has been told he won't see Christmas, with another DA councillor informing him:
“You have now even become brave. Really sad that you could not have found this bravery to rather have resigned if you were unhappy in the DA, instead of selling your soul for a few pieces of silver to the very people who have bankrupted the country."
Choonie told City Press that a racial divide has emerged in the nation's opposition party, commenting on the backlash facing him:
“The people who have been calling me said that I won’t live to see Christmas and some started using words like coolie and stuff like that. These are DA people, they are behaving like gangsters now."
Briefly.co.za reported that Herman Mashaba's departure from the party and his post as mayor had opened the DA-led metro up to rival parties.
The opposition party had failed to retain the metro during the election to appoint a new mayor, despite attempts to negotiate with former allies in the region, the EFF.
While Geoff Makhubo managed to secure his post, his ascension to the top position has been marred with an outcry over allegations of corruption against the new mayor.
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