Angry residents march in Mokopane to demand that mayor resigns

01 August 2019 - 13:32
By Peter Ramothwala

Angry residents of the embattled Mogalakwena local municipality have shut down Mokopane town in Limpopo to demand the resignation of the mayor and the entire council.

This follows the killing of councillor Valtyn Kekana and ANC Mogalakwena sub-region secretary Ralph Kanyane, who were shot in a suspected hit during broad daylight last week.

Scores of residents marched to the municipality to submit a memorandum of demands to the mayor and also to the police to speed up the investigation. 

South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) sub-region secretary Sasa Tlou said they demand that mayor Andrina Matsemela resigns with immediate effect because she has led a corrupt municipality which fails to provide services to the people.

However, the memorandum was only read out as Matsemela was not at work and residents refused to submit it to any official other than the mayor. 

In the memorandum Tlou said the municipality must operate consistently with fully qualified officials.

"Nepotism is the order of the day in the municipality and municipal funds are unaccounted for.

"And the council is divided into three groups hence service delivery is affected," read the memorandum.

Municipal spokesperson Malesela Selokela said the mayor couldn't receive the memorandum because she had other commitments. "Other officials including the municipal manager were turned away when they went to receive the memorandum," he said.

Tlou said the shutdown would continue until their demands are met.

He said minister of police Bheki Cele should come and fire corrupt police officers at the local station. 

Some of the shops were closed as residents marched to both the municipal offices and police station.