DENNILTON – Chaos erupted in Dennilton on Tuesday when residents in eight sections of the area took to streets in protests over service delivery.
According to deep throats the protests, that saw traffic passing through the area adversely affected, started after a community meeting that was held on Monday afternoon.
Residents in various sections of the area barricaded roads with burning tires, rocks, rubble and tree branches.
Vusi Ntuli, a community leader, said the protests affected Elandsdoorn, Phooko, RDP, Newstands, OR Tambo Square, Molala, Taiwan and Bloempoort sections.
Ntuli said the protests were over a variety of issues affecting residents in the area, but mainly, about service delivery.
“The areas have had no service delivery for more than eight years. When one looks at the Integrated Development Plan of the area, it shows that these areas are not included. That frustrates residents and they decided to embark on the protests to highlight their plight. People have no basic services such as water and that has been going on for many years. Worst is that no one is giving them answers on why they can’t get services,” said Ntuli.
He added that other issues residents raised were those about the alleged missing money from Elandsdoorn and Bantwane Trust – an issue that has marred the area for years now.
“The other heated issue was about the management of Mouste Mall. The management there is not by locals and that affects the employment of our people who remain without jobs,” said Ntuli.
The community leader said the situation was calm on Wednesday morning and they were planning to write to the office of the presidency and Limpopo Premier, Stan Mathabatha for intervention.
“The local municipality has known about the issues for years and nothing has been forthcoming. People now feel they will never get help from the local municipality,” concluded Ntuli.
Simon Makuwa, Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality Communications Officer, said on the issue of road, the local municipality has a programme to regravel roads that were damaged by rains.
“On the issue of electricity, many without electricity are new stands and they will be covered in the next IDP. We understand the frustrations of the people but are pleading with them not to vandalise public facilities during protests. We sent a team there to speak to the residents but they were chased away as the residents demanded to speak to the president or the Premier,” concluded Makuwa.