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Madibeng mayor resigns after Mothotlung mess

Zain Ebrahim

Madibeng mayor Poppy Magongoa and two members of her council have resigned, following a call from the ANC to implement disciplinary actions.

Four people died in protests over the lack of water in Mothotlung. (Delwyn Verasamy, M&G)

Madibeng mayor Poppy Magongoa, municipal ANC chief whip Solly Malete and speaker Buti Makhongela have all resigned, following their suspension on Sunday, ward councillor Paul Hendriks confirmed after a council meeting on Tuesday at Madibeng municipality.

Four people died after police opened fire on protesters last week. The protests concerned water shortages at Mothotlung in the Madibeng municipality.

The resignations followed an ANC national working committee statement, released on Tuesday. The statement called for to the implementation of a department of co-operative governance ministerial task team report, which recommended disciplinary actions and prosecution against those implicated in the report for corruption.

The ANC national working committee also condemned the supposed violent actions of both the protesters and the police. According to Mothotlung residents, the protests were peaceful and only become aggressive after shots were fired from police.

Allegations of corruption
The ANC national working committee's statement addressed issues of healthcare, exorbitant costs of medicine and allegations of corruption at the Madibeng municipality.

It also condemned the loss of the four people killed in Mothotlung and said that if the final report from the ministerial task team, commissioned by former minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs Richard Baloyi, had been implemented, their deaths would have been averted.

The statement reiterated that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate​ is scrutinising the deaths.

The ANC also called for an urgent investigation into allegations of the deliberate tampering of the water supply and government officials owning trucks supplying water to affected places.

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