Planned protest to cause chaos

2017-09-01 06:00

SIPHELELE NKETO

siphelele@media24.com


COMMUNITY members from several villages in Matatiele are closing roads that lead to the border area between Lesotho and Matatiele, protesting for better roads today and want the gravel roads to be tarred by
government.

One of the protest organisers, Siyabulela Nkosana, said people want national government to address the bad state of roads in Matatiele.

He said government has invested lots of money to gravel road, but now people want the roads tarred.

The closure of roads from outside Maluti to the border area was supposed to be held on
August 14.

However, this postponed to give people time to prepare for it.

“Notices have been sent to schools and clinics about the closure because people are tired of getting empty promises from government.

“Matatiele has been neglected for many years,” said Nkosana.

Early this year, the community formed a forum - the Route 56 Matatiele Forum - aimed at pressuring government to develop the area.

A meeting between Department of Public Works and the community to find a solution collapsed this month and as a result people warned government
officials that they will “make
Matatiele uncontrollable”.

At a time of going to press the protest had not been granted permission by the Matatiele Local Municipality.

Matatiele Local Municipality.     

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