Residents to decide on renewing service delivery protests after matric exams
RESIDENTS of Vuwani are set to reignite their shutdown after the conclusion of matric exams.
This follows the withdrawal of services rendered by the Vhembe District municipality within the area.
The Pro-Makhado Task Team which has been spearheading the service delivery protest said they were intending on having a community meeting during the weekend in an effort to issue a way forward.
Pro-Makhado Task Team acting spokesperson Alex Ramashau said the residents decided to meet after pupils wrote their exams in a bid to resolve the impasse that has existed in the area for a number of years.
The current trigger has been identified as the lack of services in the area.
“The main issue here is that in May 2017 the South African President along with the Vhavenda King Tony Mphephu agreed that for the time being, Vuwani residents should be rendered services by Vhembe District Municipality.
“Since then, we have not yet received a full package of the services from Vhembe District Municipality. That is why in the past we had also embarked on the march to Vhembe in demand of service delivery.
“That was when the (provincial) government came to tell us that they were here to fulfill the promise of the president. What they did is that they only opened the Vuwani Traffic Centre and they left the municipal regional office uncomplete. So we forced them to open that municipality regional office because it is an important tool in the area where residents will be able to get basic services.
“That was when we discovered that the office did not have a stamp and that it was not working properly,” Ramashau told African Times.
He also said that they were not satisfied with the South African Human Rights Commission’s engagements as they were not yielding any positive results.
“We want to talk to the President himself so that those provincial government and district be forced to comply with his decision. The provincial government is not doing things properly because we had agreed with them that they will open the office and give us the full package.
“But they are suddenly painting us in a bad light because they are not fulfilling the agreement they had with us and even the Human Rights Commission knows this because they were present in the previous discussions we had with them,” he said.
Provincial government spokesperson Phuti Seloba referred all line of questions to the Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, but the department could not be reached for comment.