Residents raise concerns

2015-07-29 06:00
MATLAKALA MOACWI (66) was among the few people who braced the cold weather to attend the NCOP public meeting in the hope that her pleas would be heard. 
Boipelo Mere

MATLAKALA MOACWI (66) was among the few people who braced the cold weather to attend the NCOP public meeting in the hope that her pleas would be heard. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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ONLY a few people attended a public meeting called by the National Council of Provinces last week Thursday (23/07) in Galeshewe.

The meeting held in the township’s RC Elliot Hall seemed not to have been publicised enough and started an hour late.

The few people who attended did, however, have a mouthful to say to the NCOP led by deputy chairperson Raseiti “Papi” Tau.

The attendees, who mostly came from Wards 6 and 17, complained mostly of lack of service delivery. Those living in Ward 6 complained of a lack of recreatio-nal facilities and the fact that they did not have a hall in their ward. The Ward 6 residents also brought the matter of frequent evictions happening in their ward to the fore, and these evictions were brought about by relationships or customary marriages, wherein the two partners sign for the RDP house, but when the title deed comes the male partner will always be the one appea-ring as the owner rather than both partners. If it so happens that the male partner passes on it usually leads to the eviction of the remaining partner by the male partner’s family.

Concerns were raised by the community regarding the courts’ ruling, which would in many cases enforce the evictions without having mercy for the remaining partner and the children.

The other form of eviction is of people who have been living in houses for many years with the title holders living elsewhere, but when the title holders want to sell the houses they do it without even giving notice to the people who are living in those houses.

Residents asked government to come up with a mechanism to help prevent such evictions.

The people who came from Ward 17, an area better known as Club 2000, Kagosho and Tlhageng, mostly complained about the quality of their houses and the dam built a long time ago as a water retention dam.

The dam is close to the legislature and has proven a nightmare to the nearby community.

Ward 17 residents told the NCOP about the difficulties they encountered every time there were heavy rains.

Taking up the issue, 66-year-old pensioner Matlakala Moacwi, who claimed to be affected by this, had this to say: “All my furnishings are damaged, yet I am still paying for it. We do not have clothes.

“I am a pensioner who has no choice but to part with her money for damaged goods on a monthly basis.

“I braced the cold to come to this meeting with high expectations that I might get a positive response this time. Even now as I speak, my blankets are hanging outside from last night’s rain. Whenever it rains, me and my neighbour have no choice but to flee for our safety.”

She mentioned that the Sol Plaatje Municipality had promised on various occasions to send someone to assess the situation, but that they continued to fail them.

Tau promised to follow up on the issue of the dam as he was aware that commitments were made before that the dam should be closed and fenced off as it endangered the lives of the people living around it

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