EFF guns for cor­rupt lead­ers

‘No more self-en­rich­ment’

African Times - - Front Page - AKANI MANGENA

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.

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