Residents make their grievances heard

2015-07-01 06:05
SUPER SELEMOGO handing over the memorandum to the Dikgatlong Municipality’s mayor, Willie Mogongoa, on Wednesday.
Boipelo Mere

SUPER SELEMOGO handing over the memorandum to the Dikgatlong Municipality’s mayor, Willie Mogongoa, on Wednesday. Photos: Boipelo Mere

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CONCERNED residents of Barkly-West took to the streets recently accusing the Dikgatlong Municipality in Barkly-West of nepotism and corruption.

They refuse to accept the appointment of the new acting municipal manager, Moeke-tsi Dichaba, and acting financial officer, Christopher Mookeng, who reportedly started work on 15 June.

Dichaba was moved to Dikgatlong after the MEC of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) in the Nothern Cape, Alvin Botes, replaced him due to a conflic-ting relationship with his mayor, Vuyisile Khen, in February. They both had to resign.

Khen and Dichaba’s conflicting relationship reportedly affected the proper functio-ning of the Phokwane Municipality, leading to Khen placing Dichaba on special leave.

The protesting residents vowed to make protesting their day job, because the municipality does not create jobs for them.

More than 150 protesters marched to the Dikgatlong Municipality and the magistrate’s court last week Wednesday (24/06) to hand over a memorandum of grievances. The concerned residents further accused the municipality of not consulting the community on matters, including these appointments and tariff hikes.

The mayor of the Dikgatlong Municipality, Willie Mogongoa, was expected to answer residents’ grievances on Tuesday (30/06) at 15:00 at the Dikgatlong Sports Grounds. Magistrate Madelein Voster was also expected to give a written response.

The protesters, led by Super Selemogo and Moeketsi Konote, threatened to perso-nally drag the mayor to the stadium if he did not make the deadline. “Our intention is to come and sjambok you all the way to the stadium if you do not come to the show,” Selemogo said during the handover.

The memorandum to the magistrate’s court included a demand for the release of five community members who had been arrested in February for public violence and damage to property. The five members – Reginald Tshite, Thabo Olifant, Sam Botong and Sahara Nyatsoa and Charles Jantjies – are still in custody and were denied bail. “We want the cases against our comrades withdrawn because they fought rightfully for the rectification of our corrupt municipal employees and officials,” Selemogo said

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