Community woos on protest for service delivery

GA-MASEMOLA

Fierce community members forced public stakeholders to meet on 25 January 2019, discussing how to construct tar road for the community.

This comes after members of community in Ga Masemola embarked on strike and barricaded R579 road with heavy stones and burning tyres demanding tar road from Malope area to Phokwane.

Those stakeholders include MEC for Public works, road and infrastructure, Nandi Ndalane, Chief Executive officer (CEO) of Road Agency in Limpopo (RAL), district mayor Stanley Ramaila, and Makhuduthamaga Mayor Minah Bahula and community leaders.

Office of the Makhuduthamaga mayor released a statement on 24 January alerting motorists to travel with naked eye when approaching the area of strike.

“We have been in constant communication with the communities and other stakeholders regarding the matter and we are hoping we will find a solution. We respect communities’ democratic rights to protest and we continue to be a listening government that continues to engage its people on service delivery,” mayor explains on statement.

Despite the recent meeting of various stakeholders, residents were not convinced and took to social media (Facebook) to express their concern.

Violent Chosane said the tar road must be done before election took place or else no serve delivery no vote. And we want Makhuduthamaga Municipality to stop communicating with us via social media because we are not all familiar with technology. We want them to use two local radio stations and the local newspaper for communication, she said.

Lebotsa Chipane Austin said don’t take us for a ride, we know what to do to unseat ANC and soon it will be history. We are no longer voting cattle.

Philimon Sedibane said we are not chickens, we need actions and we need to see engineers and contractors before elections, otherwise forget about our voters.

Makgale Makgalemele said road construction does not need a meeting, the only meeting required after IDP is for engineers and constructors

Thapelo Motseo

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