Standerton mayor’s post safe for now

2012-03-23 11:02

Standerton mayor Matshidiso Morajane’s position is safe for now, pending a decision by Mpumalanga ANC’s provincial executive committee (PEC).

Premier David Mabuza last week Tuesday promised protesting community members from Sakhile township near Standerton that he would give them feedback on Morajane’s fate by Monday this week.

However, the PEC, which has powers to deploy or fire mayors, did not sit this week and Mabuza did not attend a meeting of the top five ANC officials on Monday – which was expected to deliberate on the matter.

The area’s SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) chairperson, Nicholas Selepe, said the organisation met Mabuza on the weekend and reached certain agreements that he could not disclose.

“We’re happy about the agreements but I won’t talk details. The issue of the mayor has to go to the PEC and we need to give them room to discuss,” Selepe said.

Two years ago, Morajane was at the forefront of community protests against Standerton’s then mayor, Julie Radebe-Khumalo.

She was among residents who forced Mabuza to sack Radebe-Khumalo and place the Lekwa local municipality under curatorship.

But now she has been accused by residents of turning against them when she assumed office.

Among the community’s allegations against Morajane are that she cosied up to the same irregularly employed managers she and others wanted dismissed two years ago.

Residents also allege that on Morajane’s watch, corruption has spiralled further out of control.

The Lekwa municipality received a disclaimer of opinion from Auditor-General Terence Nombembe in his 2010/11 report.

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