Call for a resolution in demarcation process

2018-11-30 06:00

IT is still unclear whether the Matatiele town and its rural villages will be demarcated as part of KwaZulu-Natal or remain in the Eastern Cape Province at next year’s general elections.

African Independent Congress (AIC) spokesperson Mxolisi Koom told the Fever in an interview this week that the party will pursue the demarcation of the town to come into reality for the benefit of Matatiele residents. AIC has been calling for Matatiele to be demarcated back into KZN and not part of the Eastern Cape.

The party also entered into a coalition government with the African National Congress (ANC) to process the demarcation of the town after local government elections in August, 2016.

The AIC wanted the ANC to process the demarcation of Matatiele town and rural villages, replace all gravel roads linking the borders of Lesotho with tar roads, and provide an agricultural college in Matatiele.

The AIC has warned that they will pull out of the coalition if nothing is done as per the agreement.

Koom confirmed that their agreement with the ANC is still on.

“In August, 2018, the party took a decision not to break away from the coalition agreement with the ANC.

“Five representatives from both the ANC and AIC are expected to meet very soon to give updates about the process of demarcation because people of Matatiele have been waiting for the outcomes.”

He confirmed that disciplinary actions are ongoing against a member of the party for allegedly causing divisions in the party.

Community members of Matatiele, led by the Matatiele and Maluti Mass Action Organisation Committee, also marched in support of the demarcation.

Members of the KZN Legislature and Eastern Cape Legislature heard the views of people about this matter during separate public hearings in February this year.

The Eastern Cape Legislature has held hearings at the Maluti Civic Centre and Grenaker Hall and the KZN Legislature hearings were held at the Bhongweni Youth Centre in Kokstad.

“The demarcation of Matatiele into KZN is going to happen and there is no reason to doubt that.

“If not, the AIC will pull out from the coalition government,” said Koom.

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