North West mayor released after being held hostage

JOHANNESBURG - North West police have confirmed that Ditsobotla Municipal Mayor Daniel Buthelezi has been released after being held hostage for over eight hours by protesting community members.

Lichtenburg residents held the mayor against his will at a municipal building on Wednesday, demanding answers to their service delivery grievances.

He was released shortly after 1am.

A small section of the building was also set alight during the protest.

Thirty-two people have been arrested and face charges of kidnapping, arson and attempted murder.

The police's Sabata Mokgwabone says Buthelezi was released unharmed.

“The mayor was released after successful negotiations. This led to the arrest of 32 suspects, including nine females. We are expecting them to appear in court soon.”

The mayor will now receive extra security following the incident.

The mayor's spokesperson Pius Batsile says: “The mayor is safe and sound. After what happened last night we will have to reconsider security around the mayor for now.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)


This article first appeared on EWN : North West mayor released after being held hostage


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Dlamini Zuma may be hardest hit by drop in voting delegates - analyst

Dlamini Zuma may be hardest hit by drop in voting delegates - analyst

Political analyst Richard Calland says it does seem that of those excluded from voting are supporters of front-runner Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

Mathabatha vindicated by Mbete’s decision to back Ramaphosa

Mathabatha vindicated by Mbete’s decision to back Ramaphosa

Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha again reiterated his support for Cyril Ramaphosa, saying he is deserving of the position.

'Structures nullified by court rulings won’t be voting at conference'

'Structures nullified by court rulings won’t be voting at conference'

Gwede Mantashe says the NEC made the decision to ensure that there are no circumstances that could lead to a collapse of the conference.

Popular articles
[WATCH] Kettle VS Cattle for lobola

[WATCH] Kettle VS Cattle for lobola

Khabazela shares the Facebook , Twitter, and YouTube videos that have social media in a frenzy on What's gone Viral.

Radio powerhouse joins 702

Radio powerhouse joins 702

Richard Nwamba will host a new African music show between 16h00 and 18h00 every Saturday.

Why the PAC wants South Africa renamed Azania

Why the PAC wants South Africa renamed Azania

Pan Africanist Congress's Narius Moloto explains why it supports the name Azania, a word which he says has Arabic origins.

Is the lovable Winnie The Pooh a boy or girl?

Is the lovable Winnie The Pooh a boy or girl?

A trending Twitter debate has left social media users arguing over whether Winnie the Pooh is a girl or boy.

UPDATE: Chilling WhatsApp from Marli van Breda's ex-boyfriend read out in court

UPDATE: Chilling WhatsApp from Marli van Breda's ex-boyfriend read out in court

Marli van Breda's ex took the stand in the trial of triple murder accused Henri van Breda.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?