Angel Khanyile says Lekwa leaders have lost touch

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Angel Khanyile says Lekwa leaders have lost touch
SADDENED: Standerton bona fide and DA shadow minister of Home Affairs Angel Khanyile says the destruction of the Lekwa municipality is not something she is willing to stand by and watch. PICTURE Supplied

She says what has befallen that municipality is painful.


DA parliamentarian Angel Khanyile has said that the people of Lekwa local municipality are being let down by leaders who have lost touch with reality.

Khanyile spoke to a local newspaper about one of Mpumalanga’s worst run municipalities.

A shadow deputy minister, Khanyile was born in the Standerton town and said what was once one of the best towns in the country has now gone to the dogs.

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Khanyile told the Standerton Advertiser that the town “keeps deteriorating before my eyes”.

“The leadership doesn’t communicate with the people,” she said, adding that she continues to raise these matters in Parliament.

She is pained by the issues of broken firetrucks at the municipality which the municipality fails to fix as they run out of money owing to financial mismanagement, corruption and lack of political will to service voters.

Khanyile was also concerned about the hospital in the area being forced to operate with water and electricity interruptions as well as issues of farm murders.

The municipality has been plagued with issues of political infightings since 2018 when the mayor Linda Dhlamini refused to step down after the Gert Sibande ANC regional leadership recalled him.

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Dhlamini argued that those who were removing him from his position were corrupt and didn’t have the support of the people of Lekwa.

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Lekwa is one of the four local municipalities in the Gert Sibande district that failed to submit documentation on its finances to auditor-general Kimi Makwetu.

“I am fighting to get our town back to what it used to be,” Khanyile said.

(edited by MLM)

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