Mayor in loo fiasco flees angry mob

2011-05-14 00:00

KROONSTAD — The beleaguered mayor of the now infamous Viljoenskroon toilet scandal yesterday ran away from an angry crowd of about 1 000 residents, who staged a funeral march to symbolise the end of the Moqhaka council.

The tearful mayor was insulted, shouted at and heckled after she turned her back on the crowd whose members — dressed like mourners and carrying two coffins — handed over a long list of grievances on service delivery.

After a week of toilet drama and sharp reprimands from the ANC, Mantebu Mokgosi, the political head of the Moqhaka municipality over Kroonstad, Viljoenskroon and Steynsrus, seemed unable to explain to the citizens of Kroonstad why their town is falling apart.

She turned her back on the residents and, accompanied by ANC councillors, disappeared behind the municipal building’s glass doors. Before fleeing from her constituents, Mokgosi did tell the media it was in fact the resident’s own fault that their town looked the way it did. “The people are not paying their rates. And more than half of the residents are jobless.”

Some 3 500 residents have signed a petition against poor service delivery; the largest court action in the town’s history is being planned to ask the High Court to force the municipality to render services; and yesterday’s march included local residents of all races, ages and income groups. Protesters criticised her sharply for literally turning her back on them, just as the ANC has done, said Patricia Kopane, DA MP, who also protested.

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