‘JUST JERRY’, has earned a reputation as a decent mayor and a principled man through his frank responses to community complaints, his hands-on approach to tackling service delivery challenges and his no-nonsense stance on fighting corruption.
Cllr Sibiya’s life is now being threatened by those who see it fit that his good deeds be punished.
In a candid interview with the Vryheid Herald, Cllr Sibiya disclosed that he has been receiving death threats via text messages and phone calls from unknown numbers.
He further revealed that the heavy police presence at recent council meetings is a result of Crime Intelligence officers receiving information of an assassination plot against him.
In recent times, Cllr Sibiya’s investigation into fraudulent overtime claims, abuse of petrol cards and municipal vehicles and shady tender manipulation have made him unpopular among municipal staff, some politicians and certain businessmen.“I had no idea the police were on their way as I prepared for the council meeting. When they arrived, they surrounded the municipal buildings and informed me that they received information that hitmen were being contracted to kill me,” said Cllr Sibiya.
While he has intensified his personal and home security, Cllr Sibiya says that he will not be intimidated into compromising his ethical standards.
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“We know politics is a dirty game,” he said. “This is not the first time someone has tried to kill me. In the past, someone has poisoned my coffee. I was rushed to the hospital when I started bringing up blood after drinking the coffee and medical staff confirmed that I had been poisoned. However, I will stand firm by my principles because I am here for the community.”
He continued, “My priority is and always has been to give the best service to the people and I will continue to be loyal to that cause. I will not die as a coward. If I die, I will die standing for what I believe in. Even though Jesus was sold out, he stood firm for what he believed in till his last day. So will I… and if I have to go, I have faith that God will send another person to be an agent of good. I believe that there are many people out there who care more about the community than pursuing their own interest.”