ANC hauls mayor, councillors over the coals

ANC Free State secretary, Paseka Nompondo (middle), addresses members of the media about pressing issues in the province along with Free State chairperson and MEC of the Department of Police, Roads and Transport, Sam Mashinini (right), and spokesperson Thabo Meeko. PHOTO: NOMAQHAWE MTEBELE

The Free State ANC has told the mayor and ANC councillors of the Mangaung Metro Municipality (MMM) in no uncertain terms that they should get their act together.
During a media briefing where the ANC addressed recent burning issues in the province, the state of Mangaung Metro was top of the agenda.

This comes after Bloemfontein Courant recently reported that the municipality seemed to be in a state of collapse as a result of shortcomings in service delivery, among others.
ANC provincial secretary, Paseka Nompondo, led the briefing along with Free State chairperson and MEC of Department of Police, Roads and Transport, Sam Mashinini.

Nompondo told the media that party councillors have been instructed to resolve issues with speed. “We do understand the challenges that Magaung is facing particularly around issues of refuse removal. Some of the issues that were brought to the attention of the ANC, and we have directed the ANC councillors in Mangaung to move with speed and resolve all the challenges,” said Nompondo.

Nompondo further stated that Executive Mayor, Olly Mlamleli, was instructed to work with the Free State Department of Labour to resolve challenges faced by the metro. “The ANC wants to have a very clean city in Mangaung. The ANC also wants a very capable city that brings services to the people,” said Nompondo.

Nompondo also stated that the party would allow the investigation of police to proceed after deputy chairperson William Bulwane’s luxury vehicle was allegedly involved in a recent cash-in-transit heist in Bloemfontein.

“As the ANC we want to allow the law to take its course, and we are confident that the matter will be laid to rest,” explained Nompondo. It was stated that Bulwane had taken his car for repairs at the time of the heist. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele