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By Dan Fuphe | Feb 16, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

More than 2000 angry residents of Mayfield Extension 1 and 6 in Daveyton, Ekurhuleni, have called for the suspension of a local contractor whom they accuse of building sub-standard toilets.

The residents also blamed councillor Gauta Mofokeng for poor communication. They want him removed.

Speaking toSowetan during a mass meeting on Sunday, local leader Mshini Mabuza said the community no longer wanted Mofokeng and proposed bi-elections to speed up his removal.

"During the past few weeks we have held several meetings where we expected Mofokeng to address us, but he failed to come. On Monday he called a meeting without informing most of the people. It turned out to be a failure because most people were at work," Mabuza said.

On the issue of the suspension of the unnamed contractor, local leaders, among them Bhekani Maseko, Bongani Ntuli, Veli Ntuli and Jacob Manuthi, all alleged that the contractor used sun-baked clay bricks to build the toilets.

"Little or no cement is used in the making of these bricks and when it rains they just crumble. This is shoddy workmanship of the lowest order," Touch Ndhlela told the angry crowd.

"Starting tomorrow, we call on the Ekurhuleni metro council to immediately suspend the contractor until our concerns are met. We give them seven days to act on our demands or we will not hesitate to embark on rolling mass action," he said.

When challenged about the alleged poor service delivery against the contractor and himself, Mofokeng denied ever receiving a memorandum from the community.


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