Thandi Modise calls urgent meeting over water protests

2014-01-22 10:51

North West Premier Thandi Modise has called an urgent provincial executive council meeting to discuss several issues, including the protest over water shortages near Brits.

“Obstruction and resistance to provincial intervention and hands-on support ... had delayed progress that needed to be registered for the benefit of our communities,” Modise said in a statement today.

The 9am meeting in Mahikeng was aimed at evaluating the progress so far and renewing efforts in areas where there had been resistance.

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

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

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

Earlier today, residents of Hebron, near Ga-Rankuwa in Pretoria, started gathering ahead of a march to the Madibeng local municipality.

They were complaining about service delivery in the township on the border between North West and Gauteng provinces.

Residents of Jericho and other villages in the area, which were also without water, were due to join Mothutlung residents in the march.

The protest follows those in Mothutlung where four people died last week. Residents were upset about water shortages.

Tsogang said residents had also demanded the dismissal of a Mothutlung ward councillor during the previous protests.

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