Services protest – angry residents blockade offices

ANGRY residents of Mogwadi, formerly Dendron, outside Polokwane lined the street leading to the Molemole municipal offices in a protest against poor service delivery.

The residents called for the immediate resignation of the mayor Monica Mohale, speaker Wilhemina Manthata, ch ief whip Erica Kataka and acting municipal manager Sam Raselae.

T he disgruntled residents barricaded the main road, blockaded the municipal offices gates and littered the area with garbage .

Acting manager Raselae allegedly left the meeting with residents yesterday at a community hall when they demanded answers.

Mohale, the mayor, had reportedly promised to address the protesters but failed to arrive.

By late yesterday there was no sign of her and the protest continued in spite of the light rain that fell in the area.

Among other demands, the residents want the municipality to reduce service rates because they claim they do not receive value for their money.

The residents also protested against the renting of toilets for 400 households.

The municipality pays R86000 a month for the toilets, which the residents say was excessive.

They also accuse the municipality of failing to provide water for the past 18 months.

“We travel long distances to buy water from those with boreholes at exorbitant prices.

“Those who do not have money are forced to share the water from wells, rivers and fountains with animals,” protest organiser Derrick Mothudi. said

He said some villages had not had water since 2008 and that the roads were in a bad condition. He added that some villages were still in the dark because of the slo w pace of electrifying their homes.

Timothy Molopa, the spokesperson for the municipality, said the council had appointed a new company to provide steel toilets until they find money to build new pit toilets.

He said complaints about water, roads and electricity were genuine and undertook to raise these with the relevant departments and report back to the community.

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