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By Riot Hlatshwayo | May 26, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Thousands of Mashishing residents have threatened to repeat their actions of last Friday when they brought Lydenburg to a standstill, causing businesses, offices and schools to close down.

The community has accused the municipality of corruption and fraud, saying R3,2million was missing from the coffers of the administration. They are demanding that the provincial government act quickly before they take matters into their own hands.

Last Friday the community marched to the controversial Thaba Chweu municipality and burnt tyres, blocked intersections and prevented people from going to work.

The community demanded that the executive mayor Clara Ndlovu, the municipal manager Isaac Moshoadiba and the chief financial officer Paul Mphela step down.

Residents are eagerly awaiting the provincial government's intervention in their standoff with the municipality.

The people vowed not to leave the premises until Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza came to receive their memorandum.

Mabuza asked Ehlanzeni district executive mayor Khosi Mkhonto to receive the memorandum.

Mkhonto said some of the demands needed short-term intervention while others needed time.

Mabuza's spokesperson Ntime Skhosana urged the community to exercise restraint and allow relevant levels of authority to examine the issues.

The community is complaining about the municipality's decision to provide them with a bleach to purify their water against waterborne diseases.

They claim that the municipality gave them the bleach instead of paying a service provider to purify the water "because there is no money".

The municipality is not new to controversy.

A few years ago, a councillor apparently used the municipality's telephone to contact a call girl, costing the municipality R10000.


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