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Communities in Bushbuckridge demand tar road

28 February 2017, 15:33

For the past three weeks or so, there has been an on-going strike on the R40 road next to Ga-relane village in Bushbuckridge, engaging the communities of Motibidi, Masakeng, Thabakgolo and others, in solidarity towards a common goal, in the form of a tarmac road.

The budget for a tar road (that would intersect from the R40 main road through Masakeng/Thabakgolo to Shatale) had been allocated, but later discontinued… or rather silenced.

Schoolchildren continue to be the victims of such circumstances. As if that’s not enough; a school was also set alight.

To this day, though, the construction of such a road has only been a dream to the mentioned communities.

Local businesses have continued to suffer the most. Motorists struggle to make their way home after, especially now that it’s been raining cats and dogs. But then that’s just a tip of the iceberg… they want their current councillor, Themba Nxumalo out!

For a leader that’s on the other side of the fence, with a tarred road to/from his doorstep and extra security at his house; clearly their agendas are different.

He has allegedly been summoned on a number of occasions for a meeting to negotiate a way forward, and, in his response, he was quoted as saying, “Swi tshikeni, aswi dyondzangi.” In Xitsonga, translated, “Leave them, they’re unschooled.”

Whether that’s true or not, it’s indeed a story for another day. For now though, "the struggle continues…"

The mentioned communities have allegedly further written to the office of the Premier, David Mabuza. To everyone’s surprise, though, the only feedback they’ve received to date has been in the form of rubber bullets and gunshots to the unfortunate ones.

As much as violent protests are condemned, “corruption cannot be condoned as well.” Answers are demanded! “What happened to the allocated budget?” The communities demand to know.

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