Protesters cite ‘decline’ in Estcourt

2009-11-17 00:00

THE province witnessed yet another service delivery protest march yesterday.

In this instance, it was the residents of Estcourt who took to the streets to demonstrate against what they claim is “the gradual decline” of the uMtshezi Municipality’s governance since 2001.

Protesters cited nepotism, wasteful expenditure and poor maintenance of municipal assets among their many grievances, but Mayor Lymon Shelembe rubbished the claims outlined in the memorandum and labelled them “unjustified”.

He told The Witness the march was organised by ANC members who are trying to undermine the IFP-led municipality.

“It was not a community march but rather an ANC march. The ANC just cannot accept that the IFP is in control,” he said.

He said they had recently received a clean audit report from the Auditor-General, which, he added, is proof that the municipality is being managed effectively.

But the ANC secretary in the uMtshezi sub-region said there is a high level of corruption in the municipality and the march was an attempt to get the Co-operative Go­vernance and Traditional Affairs Department to intervene.

Department spokesman Vernon Mchunu said department heads will handle matter in the absence of MEC Nomusa Dube, who is currently in Argentina.

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