MEC condemns Mpumalanga violence

Monday, June 29, 2009

Mpumalanga - MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Norman Mokoena has condemned the setting alight of a clinic and other incidents of violence in Mkhondo, Mpumalanga.

"The MEC condemns these actions in the strongest possible way," departmental spokesperson Simphiwe Kunene told BuaNews.

He explained that residents had burnt a local clinic and burnt tyres in protest against the municipality on Sunday and Monday morning. Certain allegations of corruption have been leveled against the municipality.

The MEC had visited the municipality on Sunday and addressed the residents, saying that while they have a right to protest, it should be conducted within the restraints of the law.

He said that government would continue to engage with the community with regards to their grievances. "This government has got an open door policy and at all times we will engage in dialogue with our people to ensure that we solve all problems."

"Government will not tolerate acts of violence while also encouraging the leaders and the community to work together to resolve their issues," said the MEC.

The department is expected to appoint a team of investigators to look into the corruption allegations against the municipality.

It appealed to residents who have information that can assist the investigators to make use of governments anti-corruption toll free number 0800 701 701.