Community wants councillor gone

2016-03-02 06:00
UP IN ARMS: Community members from Ward 19 of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality marched to the Bethlehem Town Hall on Friday (26/02) to hand over a petition against ward councillor Mafube Mofokeng.  Photo: Tladi Moloi

UP IN ARMS: Community members from Ward 19 of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality marched to the Bethlehem Town Hall on Friday (26/02) to hand over a petition against ward councillor Mafube Mofokeng. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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BOHLOKONG. – “If Mafube Mofokeng doesn’t step down as the ward councillor of Ward 19, we will not vote. And we believe his dogs will,” Sello Mokoena, Ward 19 community leader, warned.

Mokoena spoke on behalf of the angry members of the community who marched to the Bethlehem Town Hall on Friday (26/02) to hand over their petition to Tjhetane Mofokeng, the executive mayor of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality.

Only about 200 people could make it to the town hall after they had walked for about 5 km. But that number was not a true reflection of the number of people who wanted the head of the ward councillor to roll.

At least 700 people were spotted at the venue where the march started and senior citizens were also part of it. Unfortunately, they could not make it to the final destination.

According to Mokoena, the community was fed-up with the attitude of Mofokeng and they wanted him to step down as soon as possible.

“It is shocking how quickly he has grown wings.

“The same person who used to knock at our doors asking for our votes is now not available for us. He has very dangerous dogs at his place and the last time we wanted to talk to him, he set them on us,” he said.

He said they didn’t want to hear anything from him.

On their memorandum, they make the statement that they are passing a motion of no confidence in their Ward 19 councillor.

“He is not honest with the community. We still want to know what he did with the 13 sites which had been allocated to him. All wards were awarded 33 sites and he only gave away 20,” Mokoena said.

The petition further reads: “He does not deserve to be a councillor. We are going to elect our own councillor.

“We are not going to vote until this matter receives the necessary attention. A case will be opened for the investigation of these matters.”

Tjhetane Mofokeng, the executive mayor, says he has received the petition and would make sure that he directed it to where he was asked to forward it.

“I am going to send it to the national and provincial offices of the ANC,” he said.

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