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

Brits - The streets of Brits in the North West were a sea of red on Friday when Madibeng residents and members of the EFF marched to the council offices.

They brought the town to a standstill as they marched through the streets, to complain about poor service delivery in the municipality.

Resident Zamo Selwadi said the leaders of the municipality should all resign because residents had lost faith in them.

“The municipality is full of corruption. Enough is enough with Madibeng and the ANC 1/8African National Congress 3/8.”

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

One of the protesters, Fredah Mokwena, carried a bottle of brown-coloured water on Friday.

“This is the water from a tap that was installed by the municipality,” she said.

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

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

The municipality was not doing anything and was failing to fulfil its promises, 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 Economic Freedom Fighters in this year's elections, and said 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.”

Before handing over its memorandum, EFF leader Julius Malema told residents the only way to stop corruption was to vote for his party.

“The only solution to the problem is putting an “X” next to the Economic Freedom Fighters,” he said. “The corruption can be removed by an X.”

He urged residents not to abstain from voting because they were not happy with service delivery, but to exercise their democratic right.

“Don't say you won't vote. You have the power to vote these bastards out of office,” he said.

Residents gave the municipality until next Friday to remove the city manager. Malema said failure to do so would result in his forceful removal from office.

Other demands included the restoration of water to all areas, completion of RDP houses and the construction of proper roads.

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