THE mayor of Lekwa municipality and his councillors have until 12 noon today to resign or be pushed out.
Angry residents of Sakhile in Standerton, Mpumalanga, yesterday held a meeting at a local stadium where they issued an ultimatum for the mayor and his councillors to resign.
The residents went on the rampage, burning cars, tyres and spilling rubbish bins as they blockaded the roads. They vowed to push the mayor and his councillors out by rendering the area ungovernable if the officials did not step down.
The residents marched to Lekwa municipality offices to hand over a memorandum.
They accused mayor Juliet Radebe-Khumalo and other officials of corruption and fraud.
"We are very clear on our demands. We want them to step down with immediate effect. We gave the municipality 24 hours to respond to our demands," said community leader Phanuel Manana.
Manana said a report had implicated the councillors in the embezzlement of more than R30million.
"We will make the municipality ungovernable if our demands are not met," Manana said. The residents also demanded the release of protesters who were arrested during the demonstrations.