Protesters win the day

2014-08-29 00:00

THE protesters in Mooi River have won the day, with the Mpofana mayor and three remaining ANC councillors being fired by the party yesterday.

The municipality has been placed under administration until a new council is appointed.

Sources said the councillors wept when the ANC’s provincial leadership pronounced the recall of Mayor Janet Mpangase-Mchunu and the ANC councillors at a closed meeting. A fifth ANC councillor, Zweli Dladla, resigned on Wednesday.

The decision to fire them was taken after the ANC’s provincial top guns held meetings with the branches in Bruntville yesterday.

It is thought that the ordinary councillors were sacked for colluding to cast a vote of no confidence against Mpangase-Mchunu, which failed, leading to the widespread protests.

Sources said the ANC placed the municipality under administration because there was no political leadership in the council. “The ANC has instructed the Department of Co-operative Governance to urgently appoint an administrator in Mpofana,” said a source.

A posse of ANC leaders descended on Mooi River (Mpofana) yesterday to deal with ongoing violent protests in the town. The violent uprising saw the N3 being shut down at times. Bruntville was blockaded and residents could not leave the township.

The party leaders included members of the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) and the Moses Mabhida Regional Executive Committee (REC). They first met at the municipality and then went out to meet with the branches.

The protesters had consistently demanded that the mayor be sacked. Mpofana has been at the centre of unrest for more than a year, with residents up in arms over exorbitant electricity charges, roads falling apart and corruption in RDP housing delivery.

The latest protests subsided yesterday while the political leaders were in town. There were reports that Bruntville residents were finally able to go out and were seen shopping and taking parcels back to their homes.

The barricades on the ramps to the N3 were still in place, but there were fewer protesters manning them.

Protests in nearby Rosetta also ended yesterday and order was restored in the area following the resignation of Dladla.

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