A Cape Town caller complained that she was being denied services from her ward councillor because she did not belong to the ANC.
Kieno Kammies spoke to Xolani Sotashe Chief Whip: City Council (ANC) and Anthea Serritslev Chief Whip: City Council (DA) to find out if there was any truth to these allegations.
ANC councillers are serving everyone irrespective of their political affiliation— Xolani Sotashe, Chief Whip (ANC) City Council
Sotashe says he immediately after receiving this complaint, he contacted the implicated councillor. She denies the allegations.
"The councillor of the area actually dismisses the complaint with the contempt it deserves, because she doesn't know about this person. And she challenges this person to come out and report her to the Speaker of the Council, and also report her to the party that she belongs to." - Xolani Sotashe, Chief Whip (ANC) City Council
He says all councillors are accountable to the office of the speaker, and anyone who receives such treatment, should lay a complaint.
Complaints may also be lodged with the Chief Whips.
We are in election time, and the mood does change completely, but there have often been rumours of councillors, and that could be across the board, who have indicated they are just going to help their own voters.— Anthea Serritslev Chief Whip (DA) City Council
She says there have been reports of councillors promising services in return for votes.
But the code of conduct stipulates that councillors are there to represent local communities.
"With the elections, I think people need to be very careful about accusing individual councillors of wrongdoing." - Anthea Serritslev Chief Whip (DA) City Council
She says it is wrong to make their names public until an investigation has been conducted.