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By unknown | Jun 12, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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The mayor of a Mpumalanga township ran away from a group of protesters who had allegedly come to oust him and two senior councillors on Saturday.

The protesters at Umjindi, near Barberton, claimed they had seen mayor Richard Lukhele peeping through the window of his office and then running away when he saw them approaching the building.

They had gone there to oust Lukhele, speaker Monica Zulu and councillor Rebecca Manyisa.

"I think he fled when he saw the huge crowd," Umjindi Action Committee secretary James Nkambule said yesterday.

Nkambule said the protesters handed a memorandum of grievances to councillor Happy Zunguza.

The memorandum accused the municipality of failing to tar roads, fix potholes and develop small businesses to create jobs.

"Since the 2006 local government elections, no service delivery has taken place in our villages and the elected councillors do not consult us prior to taking decisions.

"These decisions have far-reaching implications for the community," reads the two-page memorandum.

Nkambule told Sowetan that Lukhele had approved the 2007/2008 budget, said to be in excess of R50 million, without consulting the community and ANC structures.


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