Premier, please react

2015-12-09 06:00

TSHABALALA LAWRENCE, Tshiame, Harrismith:

DEAR Ace Magashule, the premier of the Free State.

Sir, I am a concerned resident of Tshiame. Quite frankly, I am sure when you hear the name Tshiame, your heartbeat slows down and you sigh for a moment.

If I were you, I would be in the same state because of what has been happening under your leadership.

Let us get facts straight. I am not a politician and, with this letter, I am not questioning your authority, but just expressing my deepest concerns.

Your journey to lure us as the youth of the Free State, to score political points, began in December 2007 when you and your office came up with the Basha Arts Festival that was held in Bethlehem. By that time you were still an MEC for Arts and Culture.

Maybe you will remember that you spoke the language of a person who was determined to always address the challenges. You were not as distant as you are now.

If that was a strategy, it worked, because you really knew how to win the youth’s attention. The Basha Arts Festival died immediately when you left your arts and cultural office for the premier’s. Was that a coincidence or was it the way it was meant to be? You know the truth.

The above matter was just to remind you where our journey had begun.

Now, the issue is that the Greater Tshiame has been without electricity for more than nine full weeks.

There are no strategic measures you and your office have implemented to help those who are greatly and directly affected by this. I am referring to the child-headed families and orphaned families. They are there and they need your intervention.

The electricity crisis results in people working on short-time at their workplaces, meaning less income for them. What do you do about it? You have not even issued a statement expressing your empathy or sympathy with us.

As a leader, a brother and a father, please Z with all due respect Z act and act as soon as possible. Use your political influence to shorten this process, because we are tired and angered by this matter.

On 15 and 16 October you went to Excelsior and Qwaqwa for Operation Hlasela. Let me ask this question in Sesotho so that it will be crystal clear: “Ke eng ena ekanakana oe hlaselang QwaQwa empa rona osa kgone ho ehlasela?”

This behaviour instigates hatred and might even lead to civil war between the two towns. The Harrismith that you are turning a blind eye to, is the very same Harrismith that has about 20 buses coming in from Qwaqwa, carrying people who are working in this very town.

If you multiply 65 x 20, the answer is 1 300. That is the approximate number of people Harrismith accommodates on a daily basis. But when we are in desperate need, no one shows gratitude.

Mr Premier, you have never even gone to the site where our transformer had burnt out, you have never called frequent meetings with us as the community, regardless of your knowledge that this is the second consecutive year that we are spending a festive season in darkness.

We might be silent and tolerant for now, but we will never forget. It might not be today, but we will never forget.

As a concerned youth, on behalf of this community, I wish that you will respond to this letter and act on this matter so that we will not have the same festive season as we did last year.

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