Matatiele communities fight for roads

2018-07-27 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedThe road between Maluti and Matatiele closed during protest action.

PHOTO: suppliedThe road between Maluti and Matatiele closed during protest action.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

COMMUNITY members of Matatiele brought the town to a halt on Monday, blocking roads leading to Matatiele town as they protested for better roads.

SAPS spokesperson Captain Raphael Motloung confirmed the protest, saying that heavy objects and burning tyres were placed on the road between Matatiele and Maluti and the R 56 road between Matatiele and Mount Fletcher.

Motloung said motorists from rural areas, including commuters, were disrupted and, due to this action, schools were unable to open.

In September 2017, Route 56 Matatiele Forum marched for all border roads between Matatiele and Lesotho to be tarred. “Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle promised to intervene in our plight but up until today nothing has been done.

“We even wrote letters to President Cyril Ramaphosa for intervention,” said Siyabulela Nkosana from the forum. Nkosana said the recent protest was not organised by the forum.

MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison Weziwe Tikana met the concerned community of Matatiele, promising that the roads would be revamped no later than this month. She said the T69 road will be refurbished as well as other roads.

Following this, community members called off the protest, opening up the roads once more.

Matatiele Local Municipality Mayor Momelezi Mbedla confirmed that nothing had been vandalised during the protests.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.