119 22.01.2014 Speaker of the council Douglas Maimane, new executive mayor of Madibeng local chief municipality Matshediso Mangoathe and ANC chief whip Simon Klaas, addresses the mebias during a press conference at the Madibeng municipal offices in Brits. North West. Picture: Itumeleng English

Johannesburg -

An executive council task team has been established in the Madibeng local municipality to root out corruption, North West premier Thandi Modise said on Thursday.

The team, which consisted of several MECs, would ensure that investigations into nepotism, fraud and corruption at municipalities in the province were concluded speedily, Modise said in a statement.

“Where obstruction and resistance are encountered, exco (executive committee) will not hesitate to dissolve municipalities in terms of Section 139(1)c of the Constitution,” she said.

“There will be no compromise with those who have benefited in any way from corruption. Where fraud and corruption are uncovered, properties will be attached and people sent to jail.”

The team was expected to present a progress report in two weeks.

Madibeng's mayor, Poppy Mangongwa, and two other officials - chief whip Solly Malete and speaker Buti Makhongela - resigned on Tuesday.

“There was no reason given for their resignation,” municipality spokeswoman Lebogang Tsogang said at the time.

The new mayor was Matshidiso Mangoathe, the new chief whip was Simon Klaas, and the new speaker was Douglas Maimane.

Four people died in Mothutlung, near Brits, last week, during violent protests over a water shortage.

In nearby Hebron, residents had been complaining about service delivery and called for the resignation of their ward councillor. They claimed the councillor neither listened to them nor addressed their grievances. - Sapa