Protest: residents want municipality investigated

2009-08-24 00:00

MOOI River (Mpofana) residents took to the streets on Saturday demanding a forensic audit into their municipality.

More than 300 marchers turned up and organiser Sifiso Madlala said there would have been more protesters, but some residents were intimidated in their areas and prevented from joining the protest action.

He said the march went off peacefully with no incidents and they handed over two memorandums — one for Local Government MEC Nomsa Dube and the other for Human Settlements MEC Maggie Govender — to look into housing issues in the area.

Madlala, a leader of the Concerned Mpofana Community Mass Action Group, which organised the march, said they had presented the MECs with long lists of grievances, which included poor service delivery and several allegations of corruption and maladministration that they want investigated.

He said the provincial government representative, Darryl le Roux, assured them the memorandums will be handed to the ministers, who will respond shortly.

Townsfolk said many of the marchers were wearing ANC and SACP regalia.

One resident said this was unusual as Mpofana is an ANC-led council. “Previously ANC members would never march against their own comrades. This shows that people here are really fed up with poor service delivery,” he said.

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