Like the inaugural imbizo in North West last month, the event almost descended into chaos and police had to restore order after Mangaung residents fought over who should speak on their behalf. Social development minister Lindiwe Zulu addressed some of the residents, calling for order.
Among the thousands of residents who attended was Mpho Mojanaga from the Mangaung Service Delivery Forum, who told Ramaphosa about corruption in the metro.
“In that municipality there are family members, concubines and friends. Women have been abused sexually for a very long time. Today a leader impregnated a lady and then she got a job in the municipality so that his baby can be maintained by the municipality when we don’t have roads,” he said.
“Mangaung has collapsed. Mangaung is disastrous. Mr President, people want to hear from you. If we have to leave at 8pm tonight, we will. People want to talk to you. We have spoken to the premier, she does not listen. We have spoken to the MECs, they don’t listen. You are our last hope. If you leave without addressing us and our concerns, Bloemfontein is going to burn.”