Marchers want 5 to resign

2016-05-11 06:00
IN HOT WATER: Lindiwe Makgalema, chief whip of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality.

IN HOT WATER: Lindiwe Makgalema, chief whip of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality.

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BOHLOKONG. – Frustrated residents of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality are calling for the heads of five councillors, including that of chief whip, Lindiwe Makgalema, and speaker, David Lengoabala.

The other three names that popped up were Mafube Mofokeng, Shadrack Mofokeng and Diboy Masoeu, who is also a member of the municipal accounts committee.

The community alleges that these councillors are corrupt and the reason for poor service delivery.

About 300 community members marched to the municipality’s offices at the Bethlehem Town Hall on Friday (06/05) to hand over a memorandum of demands to the executive mayor, Tjhetane Mofokeng, who at least availed himself to receive it this time.

The march, which was attended by community members of Paul Roux and Rosendal, started in the Bohlokong section.

The vocal crowd sang, among others, songs such as: “Batla utlwa mollo hare kgutla”, which translates as: “They will feel fire when we come back”.

They have given the mayor until Tuesday (17/05) to respond.

Jacob Leqheku, the convener of the march, said they would not allow a situation where the community was suffering because of some allegedly corrupt members.

“We want those five people to resign with immediate effect,” he said.

He said they were impatiently waiting for the response and said the community would decide what to do next, should they not get a response by the above-mentioned date.

“We know what the community would do and we don’t want it to go there, hence we opted for peace.

“They have already said that they can’t compromise and you know, the comrades say what they mean,” he said.

Among their demands, they have also stated that the mayor should re-employ 160 security personnel who had lost their jobs when the new security company, Zero Tolerance, had taken over at the municipality.

Mofokeng confirmed that he had received the memorandum. He added that he would make sure that he forwarded it to the relevant people and would give feedback as soon as he received the answers.

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