Flames of anger die in Sakhile after sackings

2009-10-22 11:39

NO MORE burning of tyres and barricading of roads at Sakhile in

Standerton, Mpumalanga.

The sacking of the Lekwa municipality mayor Juliet Radebe-Khumalo

and her team (mayoral committee, the speaker and the chief whip) yesterday has

brought calmness in the township.

Things went back to normal as people resumed school and work.

The service-delivery protests which flared up in the township for

weeks have ended.

The residents had demanded that the mayor and members of the

council step down, accusing them of corruption, maladministration and


Yesterday the residents warmly welcomed the decision by the ANC to

sack the mayor and her team.

The announcement was made by the ANC national executive committee

member Fikile Mbalula.

The ANC announced that it would not tolerate officials who did not

deliver services to the people.

“The ANC subscribes to the principles that people come first,” the

ANC said in the statement.

“It is victory to people’s power!” shouted community leader Phanuel


Manana stated that the residents were looking forward to working

with the new team that would be brought in to replace the mayor and the

executive committee.

“We hope that our call for a better life will be attended to,” said

community member Florence Mashiane.

“We are tired of the leaders who enrich themselves at our expense,”

she added.

Meanwhile, more than 50 members of the community who were arrested

for public violence during the protests are appearing in Standerton Magistrate’s

Court today.

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