EFF to march to Madibeng

The EFF & residents will march over water shortages in the area.

The EFF & residents will march over water shortages in the area. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it will proceed with its march to the Madibeng Municipality this morning despite the surprise resignations of mayor Poppy Magongwa, the council speaker and the ANC chief whip.

Madibeng Mayor Poppy Magongwa. Picture: EWN

Residents will join the EFF for the march over water shortages and are expected to deliver a memorandum to officials.

The Mothutlung community and the Democratic Alliance (DA) say it's unfortunate that four people died to galvanise the municipality into action.

The DA's North West leader, Chris Hattingh, has welcomed the attempt to clean up the municipality.

"They are doing it forcefully, forced by the community and by the events that occurred."

The march will also see residents demanding the removal of the Mothutlung ward councillor.

The police have appealed to residents to refrain from carrying dangerous weapons.

'PROTESTS COULD HAVE BEEN EVADED'

At the same time, the ANC's national working committee says the protests could have been avoided.

The ANC's Jackson Mthembu says had the municipality implemented the findings of a ministerial task team report last year, the protests and loss of life could have been averted.

Mthembu says the report outlined what should have been done regarding access to water and electricity, as well as general service delivery in the area.

"The report says there are people who should be charged with corruption, it also says some administrative heads should be put through disciplinary measures for not handling issues within the municipality."

Meanwhile, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is expected to be asked to investigate alleged corruption in the municipality.