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'Hubby-beating' mayor must resign

By unknown | Oct 30, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

The community of Mookgo- phong in Limpopo has called for the dismissal of mayor Sarah Lamola after accusing her of not being fit to hold public office.

They accused her of taking unilateral decisions that derail progress at the municipality.

Lamola, who was appointed mayor after the March 1 2006 local government elections, allegedly ganged up with her family and assaulted her husband with all sorts of objects.

A source, who wished to remain anonymous, said Lamola allegedly assaulted her husband, Oriel Lamola, in the street while members of the public were watching.

"She was wearing tights and a T-shirt that exposed her breasts on the day she and her children assaulted her husband. It was quite embarrassing," said the source.

Wesani Sithole, the secretary of the Mookgophong Progressive Youth Alliance, said Lamola had failed in her capacity as a mayor and as a role model for the community.

"We demand the mayor's immediate dismissal because her actions have not been exemplary to the community," said Sithole.

He said the municipality was in a crisis, both politically and administratively.

When Sowetan phoned Oriel Lamola yesterday, he was too embarrassed to talk about the alleged assault.

"How did you get that information?" he asked before he hung up.

Attempts to get comment from the mayor were unsuccessful as her phone was on voice mail.

Cassel Mathale, the secretary of the ANC in the province, said if the mayor really assaulted him, her husband should have reported the matter to the police.

"Assaulting a person is a criminal offence and the victim should have opened a case with the police.

"As for Lamola's work as mayor, we have not heard of anything untoward," said Mathale.

Sithole said if Lamola did not resign as mayor, they would make sure that she did not address the community.


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