Houses of ANC chair, councillor set alight

2012-04-16 15:07

Houses belonging to an ANC regional chairperson and a councillor were burnt down by a mob in Mpumalanga.

The houses of ANC chairperson in the Bohlabela region, Gillion Mashego, and Thaba Chweu (Lydenburg) municipal councillor, Idos Mokoena, were set alight last night, allegedly by angry residents at Leroro near Graskop.

Mpumalanga police provincial spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Leonard Hlathi confirmed the incident, but could not provide further details as he was awaiting a report from the police station.

The incident happened after the community declined to speak to ANC provincial executive committee (PEC) member and public works MEC Dikeledi Mahlangu who was sent by the ANC earlier in the day.

When Mahlangu arrived for the meeting two hours after the scheduled starting time angry residents refused to meet with her, according to two ANC councillors and a resident.

The residents accused their ward councillor, Mokoena, of being arrogant when they asked him to solve their water problems.

A resident who did not want to be named for fear of being arrested said Mokoena’s response had been: “I don’t carry a water tanker on my back.”

They also accused the ANC chief whip in the Thaba Chweu municipality, Condrey Mashego, of using material meant for RDP houses to build his own house.

The ANC chairperson suffered because he was accused of protecting Mokoena and Mashego, and not heeding the residents’ call to fire them.

ANC provincial secretary, Lucky Ndinisa, could not be reached for comment as his phone rang unanswered.

“We didn’t want this councillor (Mokoena) in the first place, but he was imposed on us by the ANC,” said the resident.

The ANC was at the receiving end of a number of protests by angry community members last year for allegedly imposing councillors on them.

This after the party for the first time involved communities in nominating councillors that would represent them after the May local government elections.

Such dissatisfaction led to week-long protests in Wesselton township near Ermelo where community members strongly opposed the Gert Sibande regional executive committee’s (REC) choice of a candidate councillor.

Thaba Chweu was among a number of Mpumalanga municipalities affected by protracted service delivery protests in 2009 due to alleged rampant corruption.

The ANC fired its mayor, Clara Ndlovu, and ten councillors after complaints that R3.2 million had disappeared from council coffers. The municipality was subsequently placed under administration.

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