Community members demand answers from Thembelihle councillors over Hopetown stadium contract
COMMUNITY members barricaded the R369 on Thursday after Thembelihle councillors failed to report back to them regarding the appointment of a contractor for the renovation of the Sonny Boy Jantjies Stadium in Hopetown.
Community representative Danny Jonas said a criminal charge was laid as proper procurement processes were allegedly not followed when the R11.5 million tender was awarded.
The community are also aggrieved that the community liaison officer is a family member of the mayor.
Jonas said that councillors were supposed to provide feedback on the hiring process of workers as well as why local contractors were not given an opportunity to bid for the tender.
“The contractors have been chased off the site. It appears as if the contractor was hand-picked without selection processes being followed,” said Jonas.
Police spokesperson Captain Olebogeng Tawana said community members had demanded to be addressed by the Thembelihle mayor on Thursday.
“The Kimberley Public Order Police and Hopetown police are monitoring the situation near Hopetown following a protest which led to the barricading of the R369. The R369 has been barricaded with burning tyres, tree stumps and rocks. The traffic has been disrupted, but the police are busy clearing the road.”
Tawana added that no arrests had been made.