MAYORS, speakers, chief whips and councillors in Limpopo who fraudulently benefited from government contracts could soon find themselves out in the street.
This comes after the completion on Friday of an audit of municipal performances conducted by the ANC in the Peter Mokaba region.
The audit was undertaken at all municipalities falling under the region and has singled out some mayors, chief whips and council speakers who used their powers to defraud the government in the tendering processes.
Speaking to Sowetan yesterday, ANC regional secretary James Mankge said the party had compiled a report on some of the implicated municipal employees.
He said the ANC would name all those implicated tomorrow. Mankge said the audit revealed that some of those implicated had their businesses registered in the names of their spouses, friends or relatives.
"I can assure you they are in for a big shock because we cannot continue keeping them in public office.
"The ANC is a transparent organisation that has the interests of all at heart.
"It will, therefore, be ironic for the party to allow the wealth of this country to go to selfish and self-centered individuals through fraudulent means," Mankge said.
He said the audit had also discovered that some municipalities had had disclaimers from the auditor-general over the past three years.
"Some of the mayors implicated have not delivered any services to the communities they serve.
"The mornings in their municipalities are always characterised by thousands of people lining up the streets in protest against poor service delivery," he said.
Mankge said that the region was "planning to kick out all implicated public officials for failing Premier Cassel Mathale and President Jacob Zuma".
The move comes weeks after ANC Youth League president Julius Malema called on Mathale to fire all mayors and councillors who had had links with the Congress of the People during its formation.
Malema said during a rally three weeks ago in Lenyenye, outside Tzaneen that the party was "harbouring serpents who hide behind the ANC flag and pretend to be hard-working comrades".
Malema further said those people also fed Cope with vital and sensitive information about the ANC because "khudu ga ye lahle leapi layona - a Sepedi proverb meaning one's deeds or actions are entirely tied up with their bones.
He also called on Mathale to blacklist all businessmen who got jobs from the ANC-led government and ended up funding Cope.