Mooi River residents unhappy with new mayor Magubane

2014-12-17 00:00

THE reign of the newly appointed Mooi River mayor is likely to be a very short one if the residents have it their way.

Just days after Maureen Magubane was sworn in last week as the mayor ­following by-elections, there were ­murmurs coming from the area that the community disapproved of her ­appointment.

By yesterday a heavy police presence was spotted around the Midlands village and alongside the N3 where residents had reportedly been stoning passing vehicles.

But Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said while the department had dispatched a “rapid response unit” to meet with the angry residents in Mooi River, it may be unfair to judge the leadership so early.

“They are currently being inducted. At this point they have no record that they can be judged on objectively. Their new mandate is to bring back order and stability in the municipality,” said ­Mabaso.

By Monday, with the protest having moved from Bruntville to Rosetta, Mooi River police attempted to control protesters using rubber bullets and teargas.

When The Witness visited Mooi River on Monday, shattered glass and broken bottle pieces lay strewn across intersections in the area. Boulders and rocks used to blockade the road were still in the street. Burnt rubbish was still visible although it had been moved aside to allow for traffic.

In September this year, the provincial leadership of the ANC took a decision to dissolve the Mooi River Municipality and relieve all the councillors there of their duties. This after the community went on the rampage demanding the ouster of that leadership.

One of the protesters said the residents would not accept the new mayor.

A protester, who refused to be named, said: “We were just told that there is a new mayor, we do not know anything about that mayor. We do not want her to take over and we want someone that we know.”

The ANC’s Mooi River regional office was unavailable for comment.

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