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ANC welcomes intervention in Boitumelong

2014-04-10 16:27

Johannesburg - The ANC in North West on Thursday welcomed government intervention to restore peace and stability in the protest-plagued Boitumelong and Coverdale townships.

African national Congress North West provincial secretary Dakota Legoete said stability was restored following a visit by local government and traditional affairs MEC Manketsi Tlhape.

"To address the community concerns, government will appoint an audit firm to investigate allegations of corruption and maladministration levelled by the community and a report will be presented within six weeks to the community..." Legoete said in a statement.

Last week, protests started in Boitumelong near Bloemhof.

On Monday, residents blocked the N12 and set alight a municipal office, community hall, houses belonging to the mayor, two councillors and two officials, and several businesses.

By Tuesday, the protest had spilled over to Coverdale in Christiana where a community hall was torched.

Residents were demanding the removal of their entire municipal council and to fall under a different municipality.

Legoete said the party had noted the call by the communities that the provincial government should invoke the provisions of section 139 (1) C of the Constitution.

"As the ANC, we agree with government assessment that currently there are no reasons to believe that the municipality is at the verge of collapse," he said.

"We also agree with government that the process to demarcate Lekwa-Teemane local municipality under Dr Kenneth Kaunda district municipality requires a formal process to be handled by the Municipal Demarcation Board."

Comments
  • thandekile.mava - 2014-04-10 16:45

    ANC will investigate itself

      Groot Stefaans - 2014-04-10 17:39

      And find nothing is wrong - if cANCer had any credibility and independent body would appointed.

  • rowan.torr.9 - 2014-04-10 16:51

    ANC listen to the people! They are telling you something.

  • Cynic Martian - 2014-04-10 17:18

    My, my, the ANC is apart from the Government when it suits them. In most other cases the ANC uses the terms ANC and Government interchangeably.

  • philip.buys.1 - 2014-04-10 17:45

    Six weeks.....so that is after the election. Hahaha, and these poor dipsticks believed that fairy tale.

  • David Dennis Kwacheranji - 2014-04-10 17:51

    here we go again white people shooting a 17 year old boy what does the ANC government do their calling for peace,only in North West we been shoot dead by asking for better service, North West please stand up wake up since Zuma come to power North West has become killing province,do u want to tell me that people of North West have no right to demand better service why should you ask your white people and de police to come to North West and kill everytime we demand better service.

  • Erns Kleynhans - 2014-04-10 18:51

    It's a wonder that a small war is not proceeding. I visited a clinic in a township today and was shocked at the state of roads, housing etc. So before one refer to townships in the WC, look around and see how the ANC has robbed their supporters! And it will continue. But, their supporters will continue with blind loyalty... until we are worse than the worse in Africa.

  • Mark Neil Wade - 2014-04-11 08:42

    the riots are a direct result of rampant corruption in the anc dominated council ... another promise to be broken ... if the anc condone Nkandla I cannot see them being serious on stamping corruption out at a council level ...

  • Justin van Noort - 2014-04-11 11:36

    Where i live in the Eastern Cape, R30 000 000 was allocated for new roads to tar over almost unusable dirt roads that had been wrecking peoples' cars for years, and making access into some of the local communities almost impossible. Nothing ever happened, and that R30 mil just vanished into thin air. We did notice there are a few more BMW's driving around though. I suppose those particular ANC clowns have a GREAT story to tell, for themselves anyway

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