No forgiveness for Mokonyane, says Bekkersdal residents

FILE PICTURE: The Minister of Water and Sanitation Ms Nomvula Mokonyane Picture: Nigel Sibanda

FILE PICTURE: The Minister of Water and Sanitation Ms Nomvula Mokonyane Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Residents of Bekkersdal on the West Rand were not ready to forgive Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane yesterday, saying she should keep her “dirty” apology.

Speaking to The Citizen at a protest outside Westonaria municipal offices, residents said Mokonyane was still not welcome in the area after her “dirty votes” comment last month.

“She was just too disrespectful and there’ll be no forgiveness for her – even with Christmas approaching,” said Bekkersdal resident Maria Monama.

“We are tired of living like this. The streets are filthy, it smells bad and it’s disgusting. I don’t know what else we can do, what more can we do to have our voices heard?”

At the march yesterday, Greater Westonaria Concerned Residents Association spokesman Thabang Wesi said residents had requested that a national service delivery team be established in the area to deal with the grievances of residents.

The Gauteng provincial government confirmed the team would be appointed to drive service delivery programmes forward faster on the West Rand, and the rest of the province.

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs said yesterday an administrator would lead a team comprising of senior officials from the department and district municipality to ensure an “inclusive and democratic outcome”.

A forensic investigation was launched in terms of clause 106 of the Local Government Municipal Systems Act No 32 of 2000, following residents’ allegations of corruption on the part of that the Westonaria Municipality and Bekkersdal Urban Renewal Programme.

“This is a joint effort,” said Cooperative Governance Minister Lechesa Tsenoli in a statement. “Neither the national department nor the province will tolerate fraud or corruption… This is just one of many ways we are cooperating with one another.”

Tsenoli added that Gauteng Department of Human Settlements and Cooperative Governance MEC Ntombi Mekgwe would gazette a notice, following due process, to appoint an administrator to accomplish a merger of Westonaria and Randfontein into a single municipality by 2016.


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