Fight for ward breaks out in Bushbuckridge

2017-08-02 19:28
(File: ANC)

(File: ANC)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Bushbuckridge - A minority party leader in Bushbuckridge trashed an ANC food and blanket hand-out because he claims ANC Mayor Sylvia Nxumalo is trying to take his ward from him.

"I am the councillor of this ward and I don't like that the mayor can come and host events without engaging me. It is clear that they have intentions to steal my followers," Bushbuckridge Residents Association (BRA) leader Delta Mokoena said on Monday.

"The mayor should have shown respect and consulted with me first and even suggested with respect that she is in an outreach programme and that she will also be coming to my ward," said Mokoena.
BRA supporters collapsed the tent where the executive mayor was set to conduct her hand out. They also threw bricks at the gathering crowd.

The stampede was minimised by the presence of police who stood as barricades between the mayor's team and BRA members. No one was arrested at the scene. Mokoena calmed his supporters.

In the name of Nelson Mandela

Nxumalo proceeded with donations of blankets to the elderly as well as food parcels. The mayor said that she was doing an outreach in the name of Nelson Mandela.

"We just came from the Mandela Month and as a mayor I am responsible for it and all the wards in Bushbuckridge, and this event today is part of our outreach programme," she said.

During the 2011 local government elections, BRA managed to win seven seats in the Bushbuckridge local council, which is made up of 74 seats. 

BRA became the second most voted for party in the local municipality, but won only ward 15 of the many wards under the municipality.
Mokoena won most of his votes in ward 15 and through such domination; five other wards were also later born. 

"I cannot be broken; the strength of the votes accumulated in ward 15 will continue to spread throughout [the] entire province, God willing.

''The Bushbuckridge executive mayor's governance is the kind that rapes its people with dirty ideology and support it with cheap blankets handed over to the elderly within the ward," said Mokoena.

''David Mabuza [premier] also showed me the same disrespect in 2013 and I chased him out for planning a campaign without consulting with me," he added.

Read more on:    mbombela  |  politics

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Senior PHP Developer

Cape Town
Mass Staffing Projects
R480 000 - R720 000 Per Year

Mobile Developer

Cape Town
Goldman Tech Resourcing
R360 000 - R480 000 Per Year

Sales Representative

Cape Town
Pax Staffing Dynamix (Pty) Ltd
R8 000 - R25 000 Per Month

Property [change area]

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.