MOKOPOANE: As the Mogalakwena Local Municipality we are saddened
by the unfortunate incident that transpired few minutes before the commencement
of the Special Council sitting which left the Mayor, Cllr Andrina Matsemela
A group of unknown people who we suspect that they are community
members in pretence of attending the Special Council sitting forced entrance in
the municipal council chamber and assaulted the Mayor who sustained minor
This group of unknown men started pelting stones at the Mayor’s
driver and everyone who was protecting the Mayor from being injured further.
During the turmoil glasses in the council chamber, decoration and
other valuables item in the Lleka Lekalakala foyer were broken.
We have not yet established the motive behind the disruption of
the Special Council sitting. However, we suspect that the item of the
reconfiguration of Councillors serving in Section 79 and 80 Committees might
have had an impact and that has nothing to do with members of the community.
The Municipal Public Accounts Committee has been dysfunctional
since 2014 hence the Council wanted to make changes to that effect.
The case of assault was opened in Mokopane SAPS and investigations
are still underway.
This morning members of Mokopane SAPS arrested 20 people who
allegedly locked the municipal gates to prevent municipal officials from
gaining entrance to perform their duties.