Madonsela could probe corruption in Mothutlung

The community claims a company fraudulently won a tender to supply the area with water in tanks.

The Mothutlung community claims a company fraudulently won a tender to supply the area with water in tanks. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is expected to be asked to investigate alleged corruption in the Madibeng Municipality in the North West.

Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko is in the process of writing to Madonsela's office to ask for a thorough probe into allegations of corruption relating to water supply in the Mothutlung and Damonsville areas.

Over a week ago, these communities protested over water cuts resulting in the deaths of four people.

Mothutlung residents claim the police opened fire on peaceful protestors.

A total of three people who were killed during the protests were laid to rest at the weekend.

The fourth man, who was shot and wounded, allegedly by police during protests, died on Monday.

At the heart of the community's anger are claims that a company fraudulently won a tender to supply the area with water in tanks.

Residents further claim the company deliberately vandalised the purification pumps in order to continue receiving kickbacks from corrupt municipal officials.

The DA delegation including Mazibuko visited the area on Monday.

The party's North West leader, Chris Hattingh, said, "Somebody told us that the man was shot four times while his hands were in the air."

Meanwhile, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate is investigating allegations that the police fired live ammunition on protesters without provocation.

MMC ATTACKED

Chaos erupted at a memorial service for the deceased on Friday.

An angry community member attacked MMC Douglas Maimane with a water bottle.

As Maimane ran outside to escape the assault, he was beaten in the face leaving him with a bleeding nose.

The community is accusing him of failing to listen to their desperate pleas for better water services.

Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa was furious and was adamant that the memorial service continue.