“LET us kill them all . . .!”
Wayne Petersen, from the Links Royal House of the Khoi, threatened to kill three top Kouga political leaders as they left the Kouga Municipality main building at 33 Da Gama Road on Tuesday, 21 June.
The political leaders are Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, Kouga Deputy Executive Mayor, Hattingh Bornman, and Chief Whip, Councillor Daniel Benson.
An altercation ensued, which was quickly ended by Kouga Municipality’s law enforcement officers and the SAPS.
This after members of the Links Royal House of the Khoi have been illegally occupying the space at the main entrance of the municipality since Monday – intimidating municipal clients and perpetrating hate speech.
“Petersen requested information held by the municipality in respect of a third party on behalf of certain members of the Kabeljous community,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks. “We informed the applicants that the request is incomplete and that certain procedures must be followed in order to lawfully comply with a request in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA).
“Petersen and accompanying community members threatened to occupy the space at the front gate until such time as they have received the requested documents, with no regard for the legal processes to be followed.
“They have been informed that certain information may not be given without consent of the third party.
“The records or information we could provide they did not want to accept.”
“The matter has since escalated from a PAIA request to include complaints relating to an alleged land claim dispute, which falls outside the scope of the municipality, as well as a dispute regarding impoundment of livestock.”
According to Hendricks, it is important to note that land claim disputes are the mandate of the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, and not that of a local municipality.
“It must, furthermore, be noted that the particular land claim dispute is that of privately owned land and not municipal property.
“It is therefore unknown why they are continuing to occupy the space at the main entrance since the municipality has dealt with their request as legislated.”
Hendricks concluded that the municipality has a very good relationship with the Gam/Inqua Tribal House under the leadership of Chief Johannes Maarman.
“We thank Maarman for his valuable intervention in dealing with the current situation.”