Axed Vhembe District Councillor Facing Intimidation Charges Remanded in Custody

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AN AXED member of the Vhembe District Municipality accused of intimidating two mayors was remanded in custody after a brief appearance in court on Monday.

Calvin Ndivhuwo Radamba, 38, was arrested in Polokwane on Saturday after he allegedly sent a threatening video to the mayors of Vhembe District Municipality and Thulamela local municipality, respectively.

This was allegedly after Radamba, a member of the mayoral committee in the Vhembe municipality, was reshuffled by council last month.

Police spokesman Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said Radamba, who is facing a charge of intimidation, appeared before the Thohoyandou magistrates’ court. He was remanded in custody and his case was postponed to June 17 for a formal bail application.

Mojapelo said Radamba was arrested after he allegedly sent intimidatory video clips to two complainants following a council reshuffle the previous Sunday.

Mojapelo said the complainants in the matter were the Vhembe District Municipality executive mayor Nenguda Dowelani and Thulamela local municipality mayor Avhashoni Tshifhango.

The Vhembe District Municipality, which incorporates a large portion of the far north eastern part of Limpopo, is among 11 municipalities that invested public funds totaling R2.6-billion into VBS Mutual Bank in violation of municipal finance regulations and in disregard of warnings by national treasury. 

Fear has gripped the Vhembe district in the wake of the VBS scandal, following reports of intimidation and the killing of two union leaders who called for action against the perpetrators.

(Compiled by Inside Metros staff)

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