On Wednesday evening, just moments after meeting at the Vheme District Municipality in Thohoyandou, Limpopo Deputy Provincial Secretary, Ronald Mani was shot down in cold blood. This, the latest of violent attacks to plague Limpopo..
Just days prior was another assassination attempt on Timson Tshillo, who was also outspoken on the issues of corruption in the ongoing VBS saga. Fortunately, he survived the attack and is recovering in the hospital..
This all part of a larger issue, aimed at silencing anyone who is speaking out against the corruption. Members of the SAMWU are under attack, the union made a statement:t:
We are definitely convinced that the two shootings are related as both victims are employees of the Vhembe District Municipality and have been in the forefront of protests which led to the removal of Mayors who illegally invested money with the now liquidated VBS Mutual Bank.
These shootings also happen just as the union was preparing to intensify its campaign for more accountability and removal of more people who were responsible for these illegal investments which costs municipalities almost R1. 5 Billion.
No amount of violence will deter the union from exposing corruption at municipal level, corruption which had severely affected service delivery.”SAMWU
A special task team has been put together to investigate Mani’s murder.