Fierce residents threaten to take matter into their own hands if MLM does not comply


Fierce Mamone residents in the Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality (MLM), ward 21 embarked on a strike on November 16.

Livid protesters took to the streets demonstrating poor services in their area.

Residents were assembled along R579 road in the early hours of that Monday, barricading motorway with burning tyres, tree branches and heavy stones.

They sought to be addressed by MLM mayor Minah Bahula on the road but she did not made it without giving residents reasons.

Community members raised several issues such as sustained road, electricity and construction in building Rantho Multipurpose Centre.

On the following day residents continued with unrest and walked from mamone T-junction to MLM offices to hand over their memorandum of grievances.

Members of the police services were monitoring the situation.

On their arrival municipal officials told them the mayor was not present and municipal employee Rinah Maisela took the memorandum on behalf of the mayor.

Demonstrators were led by Mamone Crisis committee members who alleged that concerned in the memorandum were outlined in the previous municipal integrated Development Planning (IDP).

Forefront leaders accused the mayor together with African National Congress (ANC) ward councillor of neglect cited not responding to emails, whatsApp messages and phone calls.

Upfront leaders threaten that, should municipality not respond to their memorandum within seven days they will take matter into their own hands.

One of the committee leaders, Mohlala Moshibufi, said it was shameful to deliver worrisome issues to people claiming to be leaders.

“These people failed us dismally. The mayor failed to come on the road to interact and address us,” she said.

Speaking about one of the issues in the memorandum another leader, Phethedi Rantho said, we want the municipality to electrify Makubarate, Mogodumu and Manyaka extension residents as they have been waiting for too long

Rantho allege municipality failed to build Rantho multipurpose centre which was previously on integrated development planning (IDP) the municipality

“They neglected roads which leads citizens to various cemetery like Manyaka and kgomogoroga cemeteries and they also abandoned road to Rantho royal kraal,” said Rantho

“We call upon the municipality to maintain road from Mohlala royal kraal to the main tar road, especially Matjealepoo dam in the middle of the road and Nabjane donga in and roads at Ntjwelemotse,” he said

Residents also need the allocation of sanitation toilets to every household at Ga Mohlala

He said Ga Mohlala residents in Ngwanetshwane section demanded bridge but their grievance fallen into deaf ears.

“For now, the municipality must speed up the process and complete the bridge amid financial year of 2020/21,” he emphasised.

Rantho said the main road which pass through Motlokwe primary and causes severe damage in people’s yard but MLM turned blind eye on it.

Spokesperson for MLM, Lempson Moropjane confirmed the municipality received the communities’ memorandum of grievances.

“We can confirm that we did receive the communities’ memorandum of grievances. At the moment, their concerns are receiving the utmost attention and there is an ongoing discussion between the office of the mayor and the communities’ representatives,” he explained.

Thapelo Motseo

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