The councillor was apprehended by the SAPS and charged for contravention of lockdown regulations on Wednesday morning.
THE EFF in Northern Cape believes that the arrest of one of the party’s councillors from the Tsantsabane Local Municipality was motivated by opposition politics.
EFF provincial secretary Shadrack Tlhaole said that the councillor, Digga Esau, was apprehended by the SAPS and charged for contravention of lockdown regulations on Wednesday morning.
“We strongly believe that this is a case of domestic politics as our member was arrested shortly before he was due to attend a scheduled council meeting,” said Tlhaole.
“The EFF is concerned about the high rate of unemployment in the sub-region, where certain comrades are placed in strategic positions while the rest of the community is left out of job opportunities. We are aware of political influences at mining operations where community members are discriminated against, based on their political affiliations.
“We will continue to mobilise communities to fight against this unjust practice – where our local unemployed youth are dying because of poverty because they are being denied opportunities,” he added.