VIOLENT protests in Mpumalanga can be blamed on the provincial government's failure to respond to community problems, said Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Sicelo Shiceka.
"Communities have been raising issues up to provincial level and no one attended to them," he told a media briefing in Pretoria. said
Shiceka said there was proof of letters written to the previous provincial government about municipalities' lack of service delivery but nothing had been done.
He said a team made up of officials from his department will go to Mpumalanga this week to work with the provincial government to find solutions to the problems that have led to violent protests.
The team was expected to submit its report on August 21.
After that the minister and the provincial leadership will develop a strategy to help municipalities improve service delivery.
Shiceka's disparaging comments against his own comrades came while a cloud of secrecy hunging over reports yesterday that Thaba Chweu executive mayor Clara Ndlovu has resigned from the municipality.
The manager of communications and marketing at the Thaba Chweu municipality, Rehauhetswe Mahlasela, said she was not aware of Ndlovu's alleged resignation and said the municipality was distancing itself from the allegations.
The community of Mashishing has been engaged in protests that saw the burning of buildings, vehicles, death of a man and injuries of scores others as well as the arrest of about 100 protesters for the past two months.
The community wants the mayor and other officials to step down after allegations of the mysterious disappearance of the municipality's R3,2million from its main account.