Residence lose patience with muni
04 April 2012 | Orlando Chauke
MALAMULELE - The community of Malamulele was denied permission by the Thulamela Municipality to stage a protest on Monday against the lack of service delivery. According to Forster Mchavi, a community representative, the municipality cited lack of clarity in the application to march. He said this was done at the last minute just when everybody was planning to take part in the march. "They just notified us on Friday saying they want to meet us today (Monday). We're hoping they will grant us a date," said Mchavi.
The community was granted tomorrow, April 5 for their planned march.
"Our main concern is service delivery. We don't have water in some sections in Malamulele, our roads are poor and the light poles in our streets are not serviced. If the bulbs malfunction nobody replaces them," said Mchavi.
Asked why the community was initially denied permission to march, the Thulamela Municipality spokesperson, Nndwamato-Tshiila, said the organisers of the march were not specific in their application since they were raising issues that were not the responsibility of the municipality.
"If they were, for example, raising an issue about a road that was in the IDP plan but was not attend to, that would be something, just not service delivery in general, because some of the things they're raising such as crime are not the responsibility of the municipality," he said.