ANC mayor flees weeping from protestors

KROONSTAD MAYOR CHASED OFF MAY132011 ANGRY PROTESTORS ANC-mayor  Mantebus Makgosi weeps, flees from jeering 2,000 funereal demonstrators who mourned the death of Kroonstad – at the centre of the ‘open toilet debacle’ …

 

“You Raped Kroonstad”

2011-05-13 The local ANC-run Kroonstad mayor Mrs Mantebu Makgosi – centre of the ‘open-toilet-scandal’ wept and fled after she was targetted by 2,000 peaceful demonstrators who showed up all dressed in funereal garb, carrying with coffins and sharply-worded placards criticising her administration. One placard, held up by Giep van Heerde, summarised it all:  “You raped Kroonstad’…

KROONSTAD MAYOR CHASED OFF MAY132011 ANGRY PROTESTORS

Mrs Makgosi was yelled at and insulted by the large crowd – many of whom were dressed in black funeral clothes and solemnly marched to the municipal officers with a petition signed by 3,500 residents while they were carrying two coffins to symbolise the death of her so-named “Moqhaka-local government council’s funeral’.

The self-styled Moqhaka council gets its rates and taxes from three Free-State towns, Kroonstad, Viljoenskroon and Steynsrus – but the way Makgosi, municipal manager Mcedisi Mqwathi and their other ANC-cronies have abused those taxes, while failing to deliver proper municipal services, has clearly raised so much anger that she had to flee from her jeering, taunting constituents on Friday. The woman, reportedly with ‘quivering lips and weeping eyes’, turned her back on her voters and rushed back into the municipal building with her ANC-councillors and disappeared behind its glass doors.


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Before she did, she’d however lambasted the residents, telling the news media that the filthy mess left in her wake was the residents’ own fault: ‘people don’t pay their service costs, and 50% of all the residents are unemployed,’ she told the news media angrily.

However the years of slowly-rising anger amongst the residents and ratepayers in the 100-year-old Boer town obviously reached a peak on Friday, wrote Volksblad, when some 3,500 people had signed a petition against the collapsing sewerage-system and filthy water. She even drew the ire of the ANC youth league and the Young Communist league, who criticsed her for ‘turning her back on them about the toilet-debacle.’

Mrs Mokgosi – being the ANC-elected mayor – was dispatched by the municipal manager Mcedisi Mqwathi, who was hiding inside. She had to accept the petition on his behalf and speak to the petitioners. Instead, she only spoke some words to the media – but when residents jeered and insulted her, and urged her to speak to them instead – she ran away. Reportedly her eyes were weepy and her lips trembled as she fled indoors.

The funereal-protestors were peaceful up to that point but when she fled indoors, it angered the protestors – amongst them the ANC youths and Young Communist league had criticised her performance ‘because she’d turned her back on them about the toilet-debacle.’
The organisor of the funeral-protest, Mrs Mary-Ann van Aswegen, said Mrs Mogkosi’s flight was ‘a pity’ and the local DA councilllor Mrs Patricia Kopane was critical. “She runs away, If she’d had some respect she would have said something.’
Amongst the  placards: “I’m not drunk I am dodging potholes’; ‘Holes in the Road and Shit in the Water’, “Money for Services not Bigger Salaries’, and ‘Kroonstad: born 1855 – dead in 2011’. PICTURES: JOHAN BRITS, VOLKSBLAD.
http://www.volksblad.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Burgemeester-kies-hasepad-20110513

 KROONSTAD FNERAL PROTESTORS MAY132011

 

KROONSTAD ANTI ANC FUNERAL PROTESTORS MAY132011

About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

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