JANE-FURSE – The problem of RDP houses in Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality’s ward 20 and 25 in particular, where deserving beneficiaries are allegedly side-lined while non-deserving people are allocated, is one of the concerns the African People’s Socialist Party forwarded to the Limpopo MEC for Coghsta’s office.
In a letter addressed to the MEC Baiskop Makamu’ office, dated 20 June 2021, the party’s leadership requested the MEC to intervene in a number of grievances they stated together with the aforementioned.
It said they sought the MEC’s intervention after all local avenues and platforms did not only fail their constructive and progressive ideals of engagement in a multi-party democratic set-up but betrayed the aspirations of those who voted them into the public office.
According to the party some RDP houses in the wards were built on open velds and have not been occupied for years.
The APSP further complained that part of ward 20 in the local municipality, called Magolaneng, remained without water for years even though the water reservoir and other related infrastructure showed that it was possible to connect as the whole ward was connected to have access to running water.
It added that the same problem was also experienced by people ward 25 within Fetakgomo-Tubatse Local Municipality (FTLM) where infrastructure was there but not all section of the ward had have access to water.
Hlabirwa Mathume, APSP Secretary, just like the RDP houses, putting up toilets especially in wards 20 and 21 in Makhuduthamaga and parts of Mamphokgo Village within Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality have been hijacked by corrupt elements.
Mathume further stated that the issue of private land and the municipality spending million of public funds on futile electricity project in ward 7 within Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality (EMLM) was a persistent problem.
“It is in the light of this non-responsive nature of our authorities that we saw communities in villages like Ga-Phaahla in Makhuduthamaga resorting to go to the streets and vent their frustrations. Although we do not condone and justify violence and anarchy, it is the brutal nature and anarchy of those who occupy public office that breed a culture of tit for tat. We hope that these people’s issues will be treated in the spirit of patriotism and the quest to give selfless service to our people and change their lives for the better,” concluded Mathume.
Limpopo Coghsta had not responded to the paper at the time of going to press after a query was sent them on the matter on Tuesday morning.