Task team to tackle corruption in Madibeng

2014-01-23 11:04

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An executive council task team has been established in the Madibeng local municipality to root out corruption, says North West premier Thandi Modise.

The team, which comprises several MECs, will ensure that investigations into nepotism, fraud and corruption at municipalities in the province are concluded speedily, Modise said in a statement.

“Where obstruction and resistance are encountered, the Exco [executive committee] will not hesitate to dissolve municipalities in terms of Section 139(1)c of the Constitution,” she said.

“There will be no compromise with those who have benefited in any way from corruption. Where fraud and corruption are uncovered, properties will be attached and people sent to jail.”

The team is expected to present a progress report in two week’ time.

Madibeng mayor Poppy Mangongwa and two other officials – chief whip Solly Malete and speaker Buti Makhongela – resigned on Tuesday.

“There was no reason given for their resignation,” municipality spokeswoman Lebogang Tsogang said at the time.

The new mayor is Matshidiso Mangoathe, the new chief whip is Simon Klaas and the new speaker is Douglas Maimane.

Four people died in Mothutlung near Brits last week during violent protests against a water shortage.

In nearby Hebron, residents had been complaining about service delivery and called for the resignation of their ward councillor. They claimed that the councillor neither listened to them nor addressed their grievances.

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