Mangaung residents demand municipality rectify its 'dysfunctional' management

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Mangaung Municipality residents say they are tired of a "dysfunctional" management and demand change. (Lindile Mbontsi, file)
Mangaung Municipality residents say they are tired of a "dysfunctional" management and demand change. (Lindile Mbontsi, file)
  • Angry Mangaung residents said they were tired of dysfunctional management.
  • They are demanding the municipality empower local businesses and boost job creation.
  • The City of Manguang has committed that where specialised or skilled employment is concerned, it not be limited to local people.

Mangaung Municipality residents say they are tired of a "dysfunctional" management and demand change.

Community forum Mangaung Community Concern (MCC) said they decided to raise their concerns after the municipality failed to live up to its promises of decreasing the unemployment rate.

MCC committee member Lili Tsoeu told News24 the municipality was dysfunctional and had never served the community with what they expected as residents.

"There seemingly hasn't been any response from the municipality regarding our cries with regards to unemployment," she said.

"We expect them to ensure that the unemployment rate is reduced and that they encourage local business empowerment."

This after a 15-year-old was shot dead during protests in Mangaung on Monday morning.

READ | Teen killed, seven arrested during violent protests in Mangaung

Last Friday, the municipality condemned the protest, saying as a result, it had resorted to either close or partially render services.

"The City's security plan had to be reviewed to respond to those who are in the mission of destabilising the municipality from engaging in its daily activities.

"As the City, we did our part in understanding the real problem by engaging these groups.

"It would appear that there were or there are some among these groups who claim to represent residents of Mangaung but only hijacking legitimate community concerns for their interests, means and ends," the municipality added.

In efforts to finding a solution, the City has committed where specialised or skilled employment are concerned, there would not be an expectation that it is limited to local people.

Adverts for a further intake of general workers and critical posts will go out from 19 to 21 May in local newspapers and on the official platforms of the municipality.

Addressing issues around appointing local contractors, the municipality said such a request was unjust and could not be accepted by the City.

It added this would disadvantage local people in the event they wanted to do business outside Mangaung and contradicted the laws of the country, in terms of the rights of others.

"On sub-contracting, it was agreed that this is non-negotiable [that] local companies must do all sub-contracting."

Tsoeu said the municipality would be meeting with the Free State Premier Sefora Hixsonia-Ntombela on Tuesday to address the issues.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Who do you think was to blame for the opening lap crash at the Silverstone Grand Prix?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Lewis Hamilton
61% - 3204 votes
Max Verstappen
6% - 317 votes
Neither, it was a racing incident
33% - 1720 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
14.85
-1.1%
Rand - Pound
20.42
-0.9%
Rand - Euro
17.48
-1.1%
Rand - Aus dollar
10.94
-0.8%
Rand - Yen
0.13
-0.7%
Gold
1,801.87
-0.3%
Silver
25.20
-0.9%
Palladium
2,676.37
-1.7%
Platinum
1,066.49
-2.6%
Brent Crude
73.79
+2.2%
Top 40
61,933
+1.0%
All Share
68,064
+1.0%
Resource 10
66,904
+1.5%
Industrial 25
89,442
+0.7%
Financial 15
12,820
+1.0%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE