Protesters bring down KZN mayor

Durban - Protesters who stoned cars on the N3 last week had their demands answered on Wednesday when all Mooi Mpofana municipal councillors were relieved of their duties.

Not only were they relieved of their duties, but the municipality had been placed under administration, KwaZulu-Natal co-operative affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said.

Last week, dissatisfaction with local municipality mayor Ntombi Mpangase's performance led to vehicles on the N3 near the Mooi River toll plaza being stoned.

At one stage residents lit tyres and police used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse them.

The municipality's affairs had deteriorated to such an extent that it received a qualified audit opinion and public funds were being abused.

"Further compounding matters were relentless illegal protests and councillors getting involved in infighting which has led to council not taking executive decisions," Dube-Ncube said.

"The municipality continues to experience maladministration and disarray and there is an ongoing battle between rival factions. As a result, there has been a complete erosion of public confidence in the municipality.

"The municipal council is operating in a state of chaos and order and stability must be restored urgently," Dube-Ncube said.

She said an administrator would be appointed until a new council was elected.

"We would also like this intervention to serve as an important lesson to other municipalities where similar tendencies towards anarchy are rearing their ugly head."

Five of the seven councillors were from the African National Congress, one from the Inkatha Freedom Party and one from the Democratic Alliance.

According to the results of an online poll on the municipality's website, 70% of those asked to "rate our councillors" considered them to be "bad".

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Dee Bone 2014-09-03 06:01:57 PM
like the government. chaos everywhere you look
Sharlene Meifels 2014-09-03 06:05:15 PM
This proves that people in communities still have power! Well,done to the community! We should all stand together as well against the rapes and murders of our women and children! All stand together as well against the corrupt government, history has shown everywhere in the world that if the masses stand together, governments can topple!
Amos Zwiipi 2014-09-03 06:07:24 PM
the failure rate is high in the anc led municipalities 5 anc 1 da,1 inkatha.
mlindos 2014-09-03 06:07:57 PM
So who's going to pay for the cars that were damaged?
Mel McBride 2014-09-03 06:15:12 PM
And what will change next week a new set of thieves will be in place? And since when do we reward people for stoning cars ffs!
Michael Kleber 2014-09-03 06:15:51 PM
Here's the issue I have the people vote in the councillors then are not happy with their performance so randomly stone cars on the N3 , surely they should stone each other as they voted in the councillors not the motorists driving past ? So in future if somebody annoys me then I must stone a few cars until somebody comes along and solves my problem ok now it makes sense .
Johan Diedericks 2014-09-03 06:27:58 PM
Theft, murder, corruption, rape, mayhem.... is this Madiba`s legacy????
Terrence Schwartz 2014-09-03 06:30:59 PM
Mob rule whatever the cause maybe
Moggie Mogs 2014-09-03 07:18:20 PM
But they voted them into office....?
Jeff Baxter 2014-09-03 07:26:17 PM
I have only one question. How many of the demonstrators were arrested?