Madibeng leadership ‘must step down’

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Residents marched to the Madibeng municipal offices. File picture: Itumeleng English

Brits - Protesting residents in the Madibeng area in the North West called on Friday for the resignation of their leaders.

“They should all step down,” resident Zamo Selwadi said.

He said locals had lost faith in the abilities of the leaders of the Madibeng Local Municipality.

“The municipality is full of corruption. Enough is enough with Madibeng and the ANC.”

The municipality has been hit by service delivery protests over water shortages. Four people were killed in Mothutlung, allegedly at the hands of police, this week.

The protesters brought Brits to a standstill as they marched to the offices of the Madibeng local municipality on Friday.

Roads were closed for the march and traffic was disrupted. The residents were joined by members of the Economic Freedom Fighters, and were still hoping EFF leader Julius Malema would join them as planned.

One of the protesters was carrying a bottle with brown-coloured water.

"This is the water from a tap that was installed by the municipality," Fredah Mokwena said.

She said those in power would not survive drinking the water, yet residents were expected to.

"I have two children who are sick and cannot drink this."

The municipality was not doing anything and was failing to fulfil the promises it made, she said.

"The ANC is not following up on promises made by Nelson Mandela. We want a new government."

She said she would vote for the EFF in this year's elections, adding that residents were happy with the work the party was doing.

"I have seen the beautiful work done by the EFF. They built someone a house in Nkandla." - Sapa


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