DA marches against ‘KFC mayor’

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - MASABATA MKWANANZI masabata.mkwananzi@inl.co.za

“KFC mayor must go”, “Babes wase Nan­dos.”

These were some of the jibes by DA sup­port­ers on Em­fu­leni mayor Si­mon Mo­fo­keng dur­ing their protest at mu­nic­i­pal of­fices.

They taunted the mayor for his al­leged mis­use of tax­pay­ers’ money, af­ter he ap­par­ently splurged R1.7 mil­lion on KFC, Nando’s and ho­tel bills. They braved the chilly weather to join the de­mand that Mo­fo­keng step down from his po­si­tion.

“Voet­sek Si­mon Mo­fo­keng,” some yelled, as they gath­ered at the li­cens­ing depart­ment in Van­der­bi­jl­park in the Vaal yes­ter­day. “ANC is fail­ing us” and “The Em­fu­leni mayor is eat­ing our money” read some plac­ards. The march was led by Daddy Mollo, a DA leader from the Sed­ibeng district, as well as the provin­cial lead­ers, John Moodey, King­sol Cha­bal­ala, Makashule Gana and Khume Ra­mulifho.

Once the DA’s “blue wave” ar­rived at the mu­nic­i­pal of­fices to hand over their mem­o­ran­dum, they found the gates were locked.

“Un­der the lead­er­ship of Mo­fo­keng and the ANC, we are known all over the coun­try as “Babes wama pot­holes” and “Babes wase Nan­dos”, shouted Mollo.

He said that un­der Mo­fo­keng’s lead­er­ship, Em­fu­leni res­i­dents suf­fered due to poor ser­vice de­liv­ery.

The DA re­it­er­ated its claims that Mo­fo­keng was mak­ing use of se­cu­rity con­tracted to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to guard his pri­vate guest house at a cost of R1m. In an at­tempt to prove the claims, the DA showed The Star doc­u­ments.

DA lead­ers said they would fight un­til the mayor was re­moved. They also ac­cused the ANC of dis­crim­i­nat­ing against non-DA mem­bers in em­ploy­ment.

“Unem­ploy­ment in the Sed­ibeng re­gion is near­ing 50%, yet the mayor and his ANC cronies de­cided that only ANC mem­bers de­serve jobs,” Mollo said.

PIC­TURE: NHLANHLA PHILLIPS

Dis­sent: A DA sup­porter dur­ing a march call­ing for the re­moval of Em­fu­leni mayor Si­mon Mo­fo­keng in Van­der­bi­jl­park yes­ter­day.

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