Community demands Induna be reinstated

2016-03-02 06:00
A number of fires were set in the area by protesters. Photo: supplied

A number of fires were set in the area by protesters. Photo: supplied

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PROTESTING ward 10 residents, in Mandeni, blocked the main roads leading to Isithebe industrial area on Monday demanding that Mr Masinga be reinstated as their Induna of the area.

Masinga was reportedly removed last year on 16 December and the local chief appointed other individuals in his place.

Commuters were not allowed in or out of Isithebe and as a result the majority of workers caught in traffic were unable to go to work. Protesters also burned tyres and trees and removed barricades from the side of the road.

However, ward councillor Ntshebe Mdunge, who led the protesters, said the march was “peaceful” and all that community members were demanding is that Masinga be reinstated as Induna and that those newly appointed as his replacements be removed.

Mdunge said Masinga’s removal and the appointment of the leaders replacing him – namely Mathonsi and Sikhakhane – was not transparent and had not been procedural as the community had not been involved.

He said when Masinga was appointed the community had elected him to be the Induna.

“The Induna is removed when the community is no longer satisfied with their leadership, or when they pass away, or when they decide to retire,” said Mdunge, speaking about the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs’ (Cogta) decision to remove Masinga.

Bonginkosi Gumede, who is with the local Traditional Court, confirmed that community members were unhappy with the newly appointed leaders and were demanding that Masinga be reinstated.

He said Cogta decided to remove Masinga after receiving several complaints regarding his conduct.

Gumede said the protesters were saying they want to elect an Induna of their choice.

“What worries us is that a councillor led this protest when councillors and traditional leaders should be working hand-in-hand,” said Gumede.

Gumede said Cogta would be informed about the community’s demands on Wednesday (today) and wait for a response.

Mdunge said what the protesters deemed a significant victory regarding their demands was that the two replacement Indunas had been told to suspend their duties until the matter has been resolved.
Speaking to the Weekly, Mandeni Municipality communications officer Mduduzi Manzi said contrary to a number of reports, the protests are not regarding service delivery or a shortage of water in the area.

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