EFF guns for corrupt leaders
‘No more self-enrichment’
THE newly elected regional leadership of the Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) in Mopani, Limpopo has sent out a strong message to those involved in corrupt activities within the Greater Tzaneen Municipality and others in the region.
The EFF which has been vocal in the council has vowed to double its efforts in unearthing corruption that is said to have been protected by the previous leadership, in exchange of tenders and other bribes according to the new secretary Isaac ‘Bazooka’ Hlungwana.
Hlungwana told African Times that the allegations that have rocked the municipality recently will be challenged by the party with the help of other oppositions using all available avenues.
“Those mickey mouse games of some of our PR councillors working with municipality officials in corrupt activities is nearing the end. Once we step into that council, the EFF will not work with anyone who seeks to work against the will to provide services to our people while at the same time looting for selfenrichment” he said.
Hlugwana, who was elected secretary at only 25 at the EFF regional people’s assembly held at Tivumbeni community centre in Nkowankowa on Sunday said that the generational mix in the new collective will seek to forge unity among members on the ground, before tackling issues at municipalities that EFF has representation in.
He stressed that the much talked about R10 million that is alleged to have been looted from municipality coffers by ANC members incorporation with municipal officials will be among top issues on their priority list.
“We are going to gather all the necessary information soon and we can assure our communities that the stolen millions that have hindered service delivery will be paid back and those responsible will face the full might of the law,” he said.
Pontso Mashumu was elected as the new chairperson, Dumisane Malemela as deputy, Mathaba Elizabeth as Treasurer and Magreth Komana deputizing Hlungwana.
According to a source from ANC Valley Hlokwe branch in Mopani Region, the millions were allegedly bagged by some ANC members who are working closely with greater Tzaneen municipality mayor, Maripe Mangena who has come under criticism lately for failing to deliver since taking over the office.
The source alleged that tribalism continued to rear its ugly head within the municipality.
ANC chief whip in GTM, Cromwell Nhemo said they are waiting to hear the allegations of R10 million in the council once they open, with the first council sitting scheduled to take place today (25 January 2018) at Tzaneen council chamber.
“The EFF has never raised these allegations before and they should be treated as such until they are brought on the table. My office is always on top of matters in our municipality but as things stand, I have no knowledge of such corruption allegations,” Nhemo told African Times.
Isaac‘Bazooka’Hlungwana, left, EFF regional secretary in Mopani region.