Newly elected Inxuba Yethemba Local Municipality Mayor, Ray Shweni, must enforce by-laws before inciting people to use bullets to deal with stray animals in the town.
Mayor Shweni must ensure that by-laws relating to stray animals are being enforced and not incite the public to take the law into their own hands by going out on a shooting spree.
His ‘Wild West’ cowboy style statement “shoot them and slaughter them” during a mayoral outreach programme at the Cradock Town Hall with over 250 attendees last week Tuesday must be condemned in the strongest sense.
Irrespective of the context the statement was made, the Mayor has allowed for major misinterpretation and the general public will take the message as it is; “shoot them and slaughter them”.
According to the Fire Arms Act; one cannot simply shoot or cause damage to any property or person.
The Mayor’s statement may further amount to incitement to commit a crime and conflict between small farmers and the community.
I have written to CoGTA MEC, Fikile Xasa, to investigate the statement as the first citizen of the town may also be in breach of the code of conduct for councillors as contained in Schedule 1 of the municipal systems Act 32 of 2000. — Kobus Botha MPL, EC Midlands Constituency Leader