Tatane’s comrades accuse council of lying

2011-07-20 14:28

The Meqheleng Concerned Citizens (MCC) movement has refuted claims that they instigated protests in the township to secure jobs for their comrades.

This follows the presentation of a damning report commissioned by Mamiki Qabathe, the Free State MEC for cooperative governance, to the Setsoto local municipality last Thursday.

In the report it is alleged that the MCC wrote a letter to the local council in which they “request for intervention and collaboration in the filling of vacant advertised posts”.

The letter addressed to Thato Khoase, the municipality’s accounting officer at the time, purportedly stated that “it would be appropriate if you, as the accounting officer, would allow 18 of our people the opportunity to be employed at Setsoto”.

Tseliso Mpekoa, the MCC’s spokesperson, said the allegations were malicious and intended to discredit them.

“We never wrote to the council. The letter is a fraud and defamatory,” Mpekoa said.

Mpekoa said they have not seen the full report but would request a copy to establish the source of the claims about the letter.

“We were fighting for services and the commission was then established to investigate our grievances,” Mpekoa added.

“We want the council to disclose the origin of the letter and settle the matter once and for all.”

Mpekoa said the MCC appreciated the work done by the commission in exposing all the maladministration, corruption and nepotism within the municipality.

“They have done a great job but the challenge would be implementing the report’s recommendations.”

He said that MCC would be considering legal action to help clear its name.

Mpekoa said they will be closely monitoring developments in Setsoto to see whether action is taken against all those implicated in the report.

Thabo Mokoena, Setsoto municipal spokesperson, said the council has adopted the report.

“We will be implementing its recommendations but as you know, due processes has to be followed,” Mokoena said.

Meqheleng was embroiled in a furore last April when community activist Andries Tatane was killed during the community’s protest against lack of service delivery.

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