Malema: We’ll remove Mothutlung leadership

The EFF leader has threatened to use force if the municipality’s leadership is not fired this month.

FILE: Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema addresses thousands of Mothutlung residents following violence in the area, 14 January 2014. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

BRITS - Julius Malema says the only way to honour the four people killed in Mothutlung during protests over water this month is to fire the entire Madibeng local municipal council.

In a brazen address, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader said if the Madibeng municipal manager was not fired by the end of the month, the EFF would remove him by force.

Malema was speaking in front of hundreds of supporters donning red berets and matching T-shirts in the foyer of the municipal offices on Friday.

People have been bussed in from across the region's 36 wards to join a march demanding the provision of water and other services.

The march is centred on delivering a memorandum of grievances highlighting service delivery shortfalls.

Supporters listened as Malema accused the municipality of ignoring the plight of communities it is meant to serve.

He says residents have lost faith in the council as a whole and accused it of corrupt practices and tender rigging.

Three of those killed in the unrest were allegedly shot by police while the fourth man was killed after he fell from a moving police Nyala, with some accusing the cops of pushing him.

EFF supporters from 36 wards of the Madibeng local municipality marching to the mayor's office to demand basic services. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.