N17 blocked by protestors

“We have had enough of your empty promises. We have stayed for too long in this place without services. We want our promised land.”

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The residents of Holfontein and Tweedraai communities, just outside of Trichardt, marched peacefully to the municipality on Friday, 8 March, demanding service delivery from the Executive Mayor.
They handed over a memorandum to an official of Govan Mbeki Municipality. The residents asked for an answer within seven days. These seven days ended on Sunday. The residents wanted the Mayor to speak to them as she did not show up to receive the memorandum and she had to respond.
The following demands were made on the memorandum.
“You appointed Abdullam as a place you are going to relocate us to. You promised to give us feedback after you have spoken to Prince of Tides about the date in which they are going to start with the services and you said you held a meeting on 20 February and after you are going to give us feedback. Until today you did not give us feedback. We therefore still want to see the place.”
“You promised that there will be quarterly meetings with regards to our relocation, but you never came back.”
“We have had enough of your empty promises. We have stayed for too long in this place without services. We want our promised land.”
“We are afraid that we will not vote if our issues are not paid attention to.”
Cllr Ciska Jordaan, Ward Councillor said that: “It is unsatisfactorily indicated that the municipality has no plans to supply temporary service delivery to these communities since they will apparently be moving them to allocated land next to Adullam. However, shockingly, a site visit to the area has revealed an open field which had clearly not had any feet on it for quite some time, much less any kind of construction or slight indication of preparation for housing these communities.”
The residents continued their protests on Monday and blocked the road to Syferfontein and Isibonelo mines. The police were present and arrested several people.

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