Protesters remove official's shoes

2013-02-16 19:03

Mbombela - Protesting employees at the Emalahleni Local Municipality in Mpumalanga manhandled a local manager they accused of corruption, the municipality said on Saturday.

Local manager George Mthimunye lost his shoes and his clothes were torn when protesters took him from his office, last Thursday, municipal spokesperson Lebohang Mofokeng said.

He said the allegations that Mthimunye was corrupt, were nothing but "party politics".

"The municipality cannot get involved in the matter. The ANC, which deployed him to Emalahleni, is in a position to deal with the matter, not the municipality."

According to a report in the Beeld, the protesters deliberately took Mthimunye's shoes.

"You cannot fill your shoes as a municipal manager, so we will take them off for you," an unnamed protester told the newspaper.

They reportedly carried Mthimunye to the African National Congress's (ANC) regional offices.

Mofokeng said Mthimunye was well and had not opened a case with the police.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2013-02-16 19:13

    Well now maybe the ANC and the municipal manager will get the idea. People are fed up with corruption and also of not getting a proper service. This will give them the message to wake up and deliver or push off.

  • shadrachanthea.govenderstrydom - 2013-02-16 19:18

    hahahahaha!!!!! rolling on the flooor bbbbbhhhhhhhhwwwwwaaaaaaaa!!!!!

  • Sechaba30 - 2013-02-16 19:19

    lol, this is classic let them go for Zooma now.

  • mantsho.tlali - 2013-02-16 19:22

    Very Very Good

  • athalia.maabane - 2013-02-16 19:22

    You cannot fill your shoes as a municipal manager, we'll take them off for you, wow, this is a good one. May the people minimise corruption.

  • Tello Moleko - 2013-02-16 19:31

    ANC gave him the said shoes,instead of giving them to the right person,they will give him bodyguards.i really like what happened

  • deon.behrens.3 - 2013-02-16 19:39

    Well done :)

  • SharonE - 2013-02-16 19:41

    So next time you see a hapless fellow with torn clothes and no shoes, know this! He is in all probability a corrupt municipal manager who can't fill his shoes! In America they throw shoes, here they take them. Love it..

  • Tello Moleko - 2013-02-16 19:53

    @Viljoen,u mean we must not worry when seeing them coz we know where is the shoes?thanks man for advise,who is next?

      Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-02-16 20:14

      Moleka, nice new shoes for free!!!! Go get some

      tebalob - 2013-03-12 12:17

      No @Tello next time u see anybody naked(the recalled embassy person wa china or smthing) and deshoed,to use the new word u must know he/she is an ANC high-buck

  • mike.brett.79 - 2013-02-16 19:57

    Starting with the President, there will now be enough shoes for everyone.

  • dharmesh.dhaya - 2013-02-16 20:03

    On one hand I think it is brilliant that this was done but on the other hand, it is a ticking time bomb. Large crowd with nothing to loose. What happens if the next time, someone gets hurt or dare I say it, killed?

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2013-02-17 09:40

      But it has happened before and some have been hurt before. See this is what happens when unions get the idea that they are running things. They do as they please.

  • nicolene.lephuthing - 2013-02-16 20:08

    Hahaha nice 1

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2013-02-16 20:17

    Great! Keep up the good work. Get rid of the corrupt and incompetent.

  • bless.boswell - 2013-02-16 20:27


  • belnick - 2013-02-16 20:56

    Kaalvoet in die reen!!! Eishhh

  • uzziphathele.tshabalala - 2013-02-16 21:52

    Excellent work!!!this is a serious call to ANC,be alert ANC,something big is coming,don't be surprised ANC!!!

      jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2013-02-16 23:08

      Yes, this is true, but lets hope that the ruling party is alerted by the fact that ordinary people will no longer stand by while their opportunities for self-improvement are looted away.

  • trevor.dale.3975 - 2013-02-16 22:00

    It's about time! Those in 'charge' of eMalahleni has done nothing but mismanage it! They should have taken his shoes AND kicked his butt with it.

  • hein.huyser - 2013-02-16 22:11

    Seems thst all "deployed" cadres dont do the jobs they need to. One down, let the others not rest. Go for the shoes! All of them

  • John - 2013-02-16 22:51

    The arrogant deployed officials need to learn that they are indeed SERVANTS of the PEOPLE. There will be a lot more of this behaviour from the PEOPLE.

  • John - 2013-02-16 22:53

    He is lucky to get off so lightly!

  • hettie.viljoen.50 - 2013-02-16 23:09

    Die mense moes al lankal wakker geskrik het alles gaan agteruit!!!

  • Truth.speak - 2013-02-16 23:55

    What a great story! Seems to me most government officials, especially at a local government level need to lose their shoes. They are so terribly incompetent.

  • Erna - 2013-02-17 03:11

    Of course it's party politics. An ANC municipal manager being corrupt - never! And watch them vote the same people in next year.

  • tebalob - 2013-03-12 12:04

    @leonard I like the new word "de-shoeing" double bells to you man!!!!

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