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By unknown | May 18, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Riot Hlatshwayo

Riot Hlatshwayo

Residents of Mashishing township near Lydenburg have complained about the local municipality's decision to provide them with Jik to purify their water to prevent waterborne diseases.

The residents claimed that the Thaba Chweu municipality gave them the bleach instead of paying a service provider to purify the water.

The Mashishing Activist Forum (MAF) - a community group that monitors government delivery - claimed that the municipality could not account for more than R3million that had disappeared from its bank account.

"It emerged that the munici-pality gave Jik to residents as it had reportedly failed to chlorinate its water purification plant because it did not have the funds to pay the service provider," said MAF spokesperson Samora Mlotja yesterday.

During a meeting on Friday, residents also claimed that executive mayor Clara Ndlovu had increased cemetery tariffs from R58 to R300 without consulting residents.

Mlotja also said that community members complained that the municipality had hired a contractor to build a taxi rank but failed to give him the guidance he needed, prompting him to halt construction.

This was a deliberate bid to frustrate the contractor "so that the officials could appoint their own people," Mlotja claimed.

The meeting also resolved that Ndlovu should resign "due to her failure to address the needs of the poor".

"We also call for a forensic audit to explain the missing millions," said Mlotja.

He said residents had also resolved to march to the municipality offices on May 22 to call for the suspension of municipal manager Isaac Moshoadiba and the chief financial officer.


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