Rosetta councillor resigns

2014-08-28 00:00

VIOLENT protests that erupted around the Mooi River area last week claimed their first political casualty yesterday when an under-pressure councillor resigned.

Zweli Dladla, a ward councillor in Rosetta, handed his resignation letter to Mpofana municipal manager Max Moyo minutes before addressing a scheduled community meeting outside Rosetta Community Hall.

Moyo read one line from the letter and the small crowd gathered broke into cheers, celebrating. They replaced Dladla with their own acting councillors.

Moyo later told The Witness: “We came here to address the residents and I was looking for the councillor to help me address this, but I was just given the letter that he was resigning and told that he had already left.”

The residents said they had been waiting for months for the municipality to honour their “modest” demands of a water tank, a community hall and bus shelters, and for a dangerous tree to be felled.

Moyo said the tank would be delivered at the latest by today, and that he was in negotiations with the Department of Transport to erect the bus shelters. Discussions over the community hall were in the final stages and a contractor would soon be appointed, he added.

The residents were unforgiving of the delays.

Moyo and his officials defended themselves, saying they had inherited the problems.

Chief financial officer Simo Mncwabe said they found the municipality on its knees when they arrived. He said the situation was barely improving and attributed that to people not paying for services.

IN Bruntville, residents and police resumed their stand-off yesterday.

The area has been a site of violent protests since last week, although it was quiet yesterday with the police patrolling the N3 and access route to the township.

Locals had gathered in groups on the hill overlooking the township and looking down on the N3.

Almost all roads within the township were inaccessible, blocked by rocks and other items, and there was no public transport in sight. By 10 am yesterday, tyres were still burning in some places.

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