Kimberley braces for another round of protest shutdowns
10:32 Thu, 12 Jul 2018
Kimberley braces for another round of protest shutdowns | News Article
Residents in Kimberley in the Northern Cape are bracing themselves for another round of protests that will aim to shut down the town.


According to a report by SABC News, residents have had enough of corruption within the Sol Plaatje Municipality and are demanding that the municipality’s chief financial officer (CFO), Lydia Mahloko, and municipal manager, Goolam Akhawaray resign.

The two have been accused of flouting tender processes and appointing a public relations company to communicate a then-planned electricity price hike, which was supposed to come into effect from July.

Organisers of the shut-down are alleging that the company was paid more than R1-million to do the campaign.

One of the organisers of Thursday’s protest, Tumelo Masikare, says that it is time for the two senior officials to leave.

“From what we wanted the last time only a few of the demands were met, key ones like for example the CFO and the municipal manager that wanted to charge us expensive for electricity they still remain. Tuck shops continue to sell electricity with R1 and R2 extra. If they are protecting those two officials then all of them must go including the mayor,” Masikare is reported to have said.

The first shut-down occurred in June and saw a number of shops in the CBD and in Galeshewe closed.


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