Millions intended to be spent on the health needs of Eastern Cape residents have gone missing from d.
TRADE union federations Cosatu has called for the immediate resignation of the mayor of Bela-Bela and the town manager.
Mayor Henrietta Ledwaba and municipal manager Sam Bambo are accused of "failing to deliver services and protect the municipality's finances".
This was after R1,6million was allegedly stolen from the municipality's premises in what is believed to have been an inside job.
The incident happened on September 6 when armed men stormed the premises and demanded cash at gunpoint. No one was injured in the "robbery" and police have also failed to make an arrest.
Cosatu's acting secretary in Bela-Bela, Given Baloi, said yesterday that the community would hold a protest march tomorrow to push for the resignation of the two senior officials.
"The municipal manager has failed to provide a report on the missing funds and reasons why no action had been taken against whoever was responsible. That is why we want him removed," said Baloi.
He said Ledwaba was equally guilty of failing to take action.
"Ledwaba, as the political head, should know that her duty is to ensure the smooth running of the municipality and to deliver services. But she has failed to convince us that she is performing," Baloi said.
He also claimed that there had been incidents of misuse of petrol cards by municipal officials and councillors and that action had not been taken against those involved. According to Baloi, nepotism, patronage, contract awarding and rigging was also rife in the municipality.
Municipal spokesperson Matome Sebelebele said they would engage Cosatu today to see how they could resolve the issues.
"We believe that if there are issues to be resolved people should approach us, instead of engaging in protests," he said.