Madibeng Municipality placed under provincial administration!

The residents went on the rampage several weeks ago following a water shortage in the area, resulting in four dead in Mothutlung, near Brits, during the violent protests.

Last month Madibeng mayor Poppy Mangongwa and two other officials – chief whip Solly Malete and speaker Buti Makhongela resigned.

Residents claimed neither councilors nor Mayor listened to them.

The municipality, which oversees services in Majakaneng, Mothutlung and Hebron was placed under administration by the provincial executive council on Monday.

The process could last between six months and a year.

“The provincial executive council has assumed the executive obligations and responsibilities as mandated to the Municipal Manager by Section 55 of the Local Government Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000 as well as the powers and functions allocated to the Executive Mayor in terms of Section 56 of the Local Government Municipal Structures Act and vests same in the administrator,” Modise said in a statement.

She said the municipality was dysfunctional and had failed to fulfill its legislative obligations.

Blake Mosley-Lefatola, who is a former city manager of Tshwane would be heading the administration.

In a rather surprising move, the NW ANC provincial chairperson Supra Mahumapelo said they were not happy with the decision made by the Premier.

Meanwhile, about R2 billion has been set aside to address water problems in the North West, premier Thandi Modise said on Sunday.

“In terms of the plan, R300 million is earmarked for water projects to communities experiencing 24 problems with water provision within the jurisdiction of Madibeng Local Municipality,” Modise said.

She was addressing residents of Majakaneng on Saturday who had been protesting since Thursday because of the lack of water in the area.

Modise said three boreholes would be commissioned within the next seven days to supplement water supply in the area.

“Violent protest and chaos will only serve to disrupt the momentum of interventions aimed at getting service delivery that was negatively affected by fraud and corruption within your municipality back on track,” she told residents.

Modise has instructed the Madibeng municipality to open a valve that had been directing water to a nearby mine, so that water could be redirected to the residents of Majakaneng.



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