Madibeng optimistic about new mayor

Mayor Matshidiso Mangoathe is faced with restoring both calm and water to the municipality.

Mayor Matshidiso Mangoathe is faced with restoring both calm and water to the municipality. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Newly elected Madibeng mayor Matshidiso Mangoathe is now faced with the task of restoring both calm and water to the North West municipality.

In an unexpected move on Tuesday, mayor Poppy Magongwa resigned together with the council speaker and the ANC chief whip.

At least four Mothutlung residents were killed allegedly by the police when residents protested last week over chronic water shortages.

The resignation of the officials has been widely welcomed in the area but has also raised questions about the task to improve service delivery.

Community leader Paul Hendricks says he's cautiously optimistic about the appointment of the new mayor.

"We'll have to first see what their intentions are and hopefully we'll get good service."

Meanwhile, several communities along with the Economic Freedom Fighters are expected to march to the offices this morning where they'll hand over a memorandum of grievances.

The municipality has moved to assure residents that service delivery is the number one priority of the new leadership.