Premier intervenes in violent protests marred Moutse

DENNILTON – Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha, Coghsta MEC Jerry Ndou and Sekhukhune District Municipality Executive Mayor, Stan Ramaila visited Moutse outside Groblersdal on Friday following the recent service delivery protests that hit the area last week.

The premier afforded members of the protesting communities a platform to raise their concerns at OR the Tambo sports facility and Umthombo Wemfundo sports ground.

The residents embarked on violent protests in eight sections of the area last week following a community meeting last Monday.

They barricaded internal roads and the R25 with burning tires, Rocks, rubble and tree branches and trunks as they demanded Premier Mathabatha to descent to the area and listen to their concerns over service delivery.

Vusi Ntuli, a community leader, said the residents no longer wanted to present their grievances to the local Elias Motsoaledi municipality as they had been engaging them for years without any help coming.

“The residents are tired and they no longer want anything to do with the local municipality because it is aware of their problems but is not helping,” said Ntuli.

Simon Makuwa. Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality Communications Officer, said the local municipality sent a team to the area during the height of the protests but the residents chased them away and demanded the premier.

During the intervention meeting at OR Tambo sports facility and Umthombo Wemfundo sports ground, Residents from various sections of the area presented their service delivery challenges to Premier Mathabatha, MEC Ndou and Executive Mayor Ramaila.

Mainly, the residents raised concerns ranging from poor conditions of roads, lack of access to clean drinkable water, unavailability of high mast lights, employment and schools to non-electrification of certain areas in Dennilton.

Premier Mathabatha promised the residents that on 22 February 2019 an imbizo will be held in the area whereby all MECs would be present together with SANRAL representatives to find solutions for the problems of the area.

 

Thapelo Motseo

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