Unhappy Tjate Tribunal Authority saddened by poor D4220 road which disabled tourists to visit Tjate heritage site on heritage day.
Tourists struggled to effectively commute to honour the late 1st Bapedi tribe Matsebe Thulare.
Abram Kopotja, chairperson of Tjate Tribunal Authority said the road negatively affects everyone including the economy of the country.
“This is shameless because more tourists completely stopped to visit the site avoiding unnecessary vehicle damage. And we realised that see the government of today praises our heroes on speeches but no action,” said Kopotja
He said a week ago, the department constructed 50 metres of the road, which he said it is not even a quarter of the road.
“They literally failed to maintain the road for two decades. The D4220 is full of heavy rocks because they neglected it for too long and only bull dozer is needed to remove them,” he said.
Kopotja said their forefathers badly fought for the freedom the government is claiming today.
“Government turned blind eyes to their heroes,” he explained.
Earlier this year, members of the community took matter into their own hands to fix the road, but now due to the fact that is rainy season, residents are worried.
Community leader, Thobane Kgwadi, said implicated department, promised to bull dozer to remove heavy rocks before re-gravelling the road.
However Thobane believe that senior project manager at Lebowakgomo, Regina Mathobela is hesitating to release the bull dozer in time.
“An official claiming to be instructed by MEC Namane Masemola called me twice recently alleging that grader truck has constructed the D4220 road but it is untrue because at Tjate and Masehleng we never saw any act of road maintenance,” said Thobane.