Numerous protests lead to Mayor’s resignation

BY CHARL BOSCH - MARCH 13, 2015

Embattled Mayor of the Sundays River Local Municipality, Mbulelo Kebe, has reportedly resigned after last year’s succession of service delivery protest in Kirkwood.

According to the Die Burger, Kebe announced his departure on Wednesday after four related incidents broke out in the town last year, with residents and the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) accusing him of corruption, poor service delivery and failure to provide adequate drinking water.

Millions of rand’s worth of damage was caused during the protest after a reported 2 000 resident burned tyres and destroyed business’ windows with the rocks. In the ensuing actions, protesters also damaged municipal equipment and set fire to municipal building.

The article also claims that the breaking point was reached in September after it was discovered that R84-million had disappeared from the municipality’s bank account.

In an interview with the paper, Sanco member Mxoli April, said that they are convinced Kebe was asked to vacate his position, and didn’t resign as he claims.

“After all that has happened, whether he was asked to resign or chose to do so is of little importance. What only matters, is that he is gone and we can elect a new leader,” Mxoli said.

Chairman of the Kirkwoord Taxpayer’s Committee, Greg Jones, however told the paper that Kebe had on numerous occasions threatened to resign, “only to go back on his word at the last moment”. Despite welcoming Kebe’s resignation, Jones stated that certain municipal officials also had to vacate their positions in order for the municipality to function properly again.

 

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