The recent demand by the ruling African National Congress ANC councillor Andile Lungisa has generated a heated reaction from various residents of Nelson Mandela Bay municipality.
Lungisa wants the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality to hire eleven men to work as bodyguards and drivers for himself and other mayoral committee members.
Some people feel it tantamount to waste of resources for a councillor to be protected by body guards, explaining that money which ought to be used for service delivery will be frittered away for individual benefit rather than community benefit.
They questioned the rationale behind securing a councillor when the greater population is left to self-help.
Lungisa, the ANC councillor in Nelson Mandela Bay was convicted in 2016 of assault for hitting a political adversary with a glass jug.
He was sentenced to three years in jail, with one suspended, for his assault on former member of the mayoral committee (MMC) for transport Rano Kayser.
Magistrate Morne Canon, handing down judgment in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court in April, said Lungisa had proved to be a poor witness who had changed his version of events as the trial proceeded.