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Angry residents call on premier to get rid of 'lazy' councillor

By unknown | May 26, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala


TWO days after Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale threatened to fire all lazy ward councillors, disgruntled residents of Mabapilone in Tzaneen, embarked on a strike over poor service delivery.

The residents marched in protest in the central business district of Tzaneen, accusing councillor Masilu Maloko of being lazy and not having the interests of the community at heart.

The disgruntled residents pleaded with Mathale to make Maloko the first "lazy" councillor to be fired.

They said Maloko would rather concentrate on "jolling" than attending to the problems of the residents, such as the supply of water, electricity and roads.

The residents' spokesperson Jan Malatji said: "The main reason we are on strike is because residents the had spent 15 years without a drop of water."


He said in 2006 they sent Maloko to Mopani district municipality - the water authority in the region - to register their plight "but Maloko went to Mopani some three years ago and has never come back".

"Each time we call him to a meeting, he fabricates commitment at Mopani, but then people see him drinking at local taverns surrounded by women. This shows that Maloko is more interested in pleasing women than his constituency," Malatji said.

Meanwhile, residents of Bolobedu South, which comprises Khemarela, Relela, Jokone Khethone, Masebutja and Mphatakhidiba, want their ward councillor, Jane Nkuna, and her proportional representative councillor, Botha Ramphelo, to be fired.

Luis Raphotle, ANC Youth League chairperson in Desmond Mahasha, said Nkuna and Ramphelo were "thieves who stole government money because they are paid each month for doing nothing".

He said they insult people and had never been to any community meeting.


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