The Civic Warriors of Maruleng handed over a memorandum of demands to the Maruleng municipality. This comes on the back of its attempt to get relief from the High Court in a bid to interdict the appointment of a Chief Financial Officer and Director Corporate Services respectively. The High Court has however ruled that the matter was not urgent and therefore advised the CWM to rather apply for a declaratory order which it is currently expediting as a matter of priority.
The memorandum is directed at the MEC OF Coghsta, the Mayor and the municipal council. It contains seven demands which relate to issues of nepotism, favouritism, corruption, fraud, bribery and disrespect for the rule of law which in the end deflect attention from matters of service delivery. Amongst the allegations are that some councilors are allocating RDP houses outside of the official list, the unlawful appointment of the CFO and Director Corporate Services, selective allocation of bursaries, non-completion of the Sekororo- Mametja Bulk Water Supply project and the partisan approach by the governing ANC in general appointments.
The memorandum demands that all unlawful and illegal activities should be investigated as a matter of urgency and that any councilor who is found to have tampered with the official RDP houses allocation list should be brought to book. It further calls on the municipal council to reverse the unlawful appointment of the CFO and the Director Corporate Services and that these positions should be re-advertised as per council resolution. It also demands that the municipality should fast track the establishment of an FET college in order to ease the strain on the young people in accessing further education. And finally, it demands that the municipality should pressurize the Mopani District Municipality to complete the Sekororo-Mametja Bulk Water Supply project which was started in the last quarter of 2012 and remains incomplete.
The authorities were given fourteen (14) working days to respond to the memorandum. The memorandum was received and signed by the Mayor, Ms. Thobejane H and she pledged that she will ensure that it is responded to in line with its demands.
The CWM have vowed to continue fighting for the rights of all the people of Maruleng and that if the demands are not met it will render the municipality ungovernable. It also reminded the authorities that it has fought for the municipality when it was threatened with a disestablishment. The march ended peacefully.
Interview with CLLR POOPO MOHLABE (PR CLLR OF CIVIC WARRIORS OF MARULENG)
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