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Residents demand stability

MEMBERS of the Mokgalakwena Community Forum demanded that the Mokgalakwena mayor, Thlalifi Mashamaite, be removed as mayor.

MEMBERS of the Mokgalakwena Community Forum demanded that the Mokgalakwena mayor, Thlalifi Mashamaite, be removed as mayor.

The forum accused the mayor of not taking care of the community’s needs and focussing on removing the municipal manager, William Kekana, who was recently reinstated after being suspended.

This emerged at a protest march to the municipal offices and Mokopane police station last Wednesday, where the forum delivered their memorandum of grievances.

The forum also claimed that the municipality held fruitless council meetings to discuss the municipal manager’s contract instead of more important issues that affected the community.

The forum’s chairperson, Piet Pale, said they would continue to protest until their demands were met.

Their demands included that the municipal manager serve his term of office as per council resolution of October 11, 2013 and the court ruling that reinstated him.

Pale said the forum also demanded that the municipal council speaker, Melba Mabusela, remained in her position and served without political interference and threats.

“We demand that communities in Mokgalakwena be supplied with water and electricity and we want Extension 14, Mozombhana and Ga-Pila village to be electrified as a priority,” he said. He said the forum wanted to see schools being built in Ga-Pila and Mozombhana in the new year.

The forum has given the municipality 14 days to address their demands and failure to do so would result in street marches until election day next year.

The memorandum was accepted by Brig Riah Makhubela from the office of the provincial police commissioner, who promised that their demands would be looked at.

 

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