Row over clinic being put in mayor's village
THE community of Mninginisi in the Greater Giyani municipality in Limpopo claims that a clinic, meant to be built in their area, was redirected to the mayor's viilage on his recommendation.
They say the department of health had approved the building of the clinic before Greater Giyani mayor Pat Hlungwani came into office, but was then redirected to Hlungwani's village of Mavalani.
They are demanding the reversal of the decision.
"How can he decide to redirect something that happened before he came into office?" asked an angry Dan Mathebula, who heads the clinic committee.
Mathebula produced letters from 2004 when the community first applied for the clinic, for which then provincial director-general Nelly Manzini gave the nod.
Later a plenary meeting between the community and the government was held.
The Xiviti tribal authority, under which the village of Mninginisi falls, authorised the use of four hectares for the clinic.
The government then released a circular stating that the clinic would be on the 2008/2009 priority list for building and upgrade.
When nothing happened, villagers raised questions.
"We discovered that there has been some correspondence from the office of the Greater Giyani mayor to the then MEC Dikeledi Magadzi's office to redirect the clinic," said Mathebula.
The community went to the new MEC for health Dr Norman Mabasa and he advised, in a letter to Hlungwani that Sowetan has seen, that the two parties should meet to iron out the issue.
However, the mayor is allegedly avoiding meeting Mninginisi councillor Eddy Sithole.
Municipality spokesman Steven Mabunda said the mayor would meet the MEC this week before arranging a meeting with the community, adding that the allegations were unfounded.