Steve Biko once wrote: "If you realise you are being oppressed, and you keep quiet about your oppression, you become your own oppressor." As a concerned resident of the area of Bushbuckridge, I want to voice out my anger and disappointment on the Bushbuckridge municipality.
I want to say without fear that the Bushbuckridge municipality is neglecting its own people by not providing them with basic services. The road between Acornhoek and Manyeleti is in such a bad state one would swear it was not once tarred. The same goes to the road between Cottondale and Thulamahashe.
Both roads are infested with potholes it has become extremely difficult to travel on them. As it stands, the roads are a time ticking bomb that is ready to explode and anything can happen at any given time. It is so worse that our municipal officials know about this unfortunate situation that serves as a safety hazard but they choose to turn a blind eye on it.
Just a few months ago, our premier, David Mabuza visited my former school deep in the village of Gottenburg, and he opted to use a helicopter because he does acknowledge that the road is not in a decent condition. How do you call yourself a people's leader if you don't seem to care about the lives of those people you claim to serve? As unemployed and poverty-stricken as we are, where are we going to get money to but a helicopter that will help us avoid these roads?
Is our municipality perhaps waiting for a fatal accident to occur before it can act? What hurts the most is that the roads last got attention when Bushbuckridge was still under Limpopo, and that was many years ago. After the heavy rains that invaded our area in the past two months, the best our municipality could do was to deploy people to fill the potholes with sand. Where on earth have we seen potholes fixed with sand?
Both roads need to be tarred before many lives are lost. It is a fact that our municipality knows that Acornhoek and Thulamahashe are the only towns we have there hence the need to make them accessible through the provision of decent roads. And it seems, for many years, our verbal grievances did not reach our leader's ears, so we will definitely cry in the ballot paper.
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