Residents acknowledged for calling off Moutse shutdown

MOUTSE – Following the unrest in Moutse over service delivery issues, lack of access to water in the main, Sekhukhune District Municipality (SDM) Executive Mayor, Stanley Ramila, expressed appreciation on the decision by residents of Moutse to suspend the area’s shutdown, which restricted movement in the area over the past few days.

The decision was arrived at following discussion between the executive mayor and leaders of Moutse Residents Committee as well as other stakeholders. The agreement was that talks involving all relevant stakeholders be given a chance to continue.

Ramaila said SDM was in constant engagements with the Department of Water and Sanitation, which committed to give residents progress report on Moutse Bulk Water Project.

“The government is implementing the Moutse Bulk Water Project which upon completion would alleviate water shortage in the area. A date for the meeting to give progress report on the project will be announced soon, Said Ramaila.

Ramaila once again acknowledged issues raised by the community of Moutse were Genuine, adding that government was working towards addressing them.

“But as leaders of the municipality, Moutse Residents Committee and other stakeholders, we were concerned about lawlessness that was creeping into the protest. Criminal elements were hijacking it and we wouldn’t accept that,” said Ramaila.

Ramaila further thanked leaders of Moutse Residents Committee and other stakeholders for showing leadership and restrain.

He concluded the municipality would keep community representatives updated about developments as they sought a lasting solution to water shortage in the area.

Seun Mogotji, a community leader, issued a notice on Moutse Residents Committee’s WhatsApp group cautioning residents against rumours that made rounds about the shutdown resuming on Tuesday and cleared that it was true.  

Thapelo Motseo

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