Groups clash at library

2016-08-03 06:00
THE independent candidate of Ward 3, Derick Korkie, and his supporters puzzled everyone by entering the school hall and singing and displaying placards in an effort to show their visibility. Photos: Boipelo Mere

THE independent candidate of Ward 3, Derick Korkie, and his supporters puzzled everyone by entering the school hall and singing and displaying placards in an effort to show their visibility. Photos: Boipelo Mere

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THE same question was repeatedly asked by members of the community of Homevale, Homevale Extension and Homelite when the new community library was opened in Homevale.

The question was exactly whose library was it, as different political parties used the event as an election platform.

The small state-of-the-art library was officially opened by the MEC of Sport, Arts and Culture, Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba, after she had addressed the fully-packed Emmanuel Intermediate School Hall in Homevale.

This was one of the eight libraries that were officially opened during July in celebration of Mandela Day.

Before the event started, the indepen-dent candidate of Ward 3, Derick Korkie, and his supporters puzzled everyone by entering the school hall, singing and displaying placards in an effort to show their visibility.

The supporters also proudly carried him on their shoulders while singing his praises.

On arrival inside the hall, instead of sitting and waiting for the event as everyone did, they continued to sing and praise Korkie.

The people waiting inside the hall were clearly ANC supporters.

They also started to sing revolutionary songs, clashing with the other group.

A group of people wearing National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) T-shirts also made an entrance when they entered the hall and sang revolutionary songs.

In the meantime, a DA truck was parked in front of the new library before it was officially opened by the delegation, playing loud music and campaigning for votes.

Wearing their blue T-shirts, DA members were later dissappointed that they were allowed to tour the new library and were not instructed to take their shirts off, as they had expected.

The main event was graced by the presence of various provincial leaders, such as Alvin Botes (MEC for CoGHSTA), Martha Bartlett (MEC for Education), Tiny Chotelo (MEC for Environment and Nature Conservation), Kgadi Moloi (executive mayor of the Francis Baard District Municipality), Clifford Lewis (Ward 3 councillor) and Dikgang Stock (National Council of Provinces member).

Taking the stand, Mbinqo-Gigaba expressed her hope that the community from now onwards will be encouraged to make use of the opportunities of reading that is given to them by the government.

She added that such opportunities are the ones that equip people, especially the youth, to become better leaders.

“Let us protect this reassurement and legacy that is being given to us as a community. This is another effort of building our children and giving them opportunities,” she said.

She urged parents to send their children to libraries and teach them to be equally responsible in owning the libraries, be active in sports and stay away from drugs, alcohol and crime.

There will be no excuse not to use the library, as it will be equipped with free internet and Wi-Fi.

“No one has to charge you a fee. If that happens, tell them that the MEC said you should not pay, or come and report that person to me,” she said.

Encouraging the members of the community to vote, Mbinqo-Gigaba reminded them that a vote is a right that many people died for.

“You need to know which party can bring you that future, that quality education, clinics and schools.”

Adding that Ward 3 belongs to the ANC, she said that the party needs to claim the ward.

“We need to mobilise the young and old in Homevale.”

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