Residents take action

2018-06-27 06:01
Residents of Galeshewe during Sunday’s (24/06) meeting when they decided to march to the Sol Plaatje Municipality following the R260 per month electricity tariff hike that was announced.Photo: Boipelo Mere

Residents of Galeshewe during Sunday’s (24/06) meeting when they decided to march to the Sol Plaatje Municipality following the R260 per month electricity tariff hike that was announced.Photo: Boipelo Mere

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Today (27/06) will see residents of the Sol Plaatje Municipality take to the streets to legally march to the municipality in a last attempt to stop the R260 per month electricity tariff hike before 1 July.

Although police will be on high alert, including marshals of the community crime fighters Operation Wanya Tsotsi, to prevent looting and destruction, businesses are being warned to close shop for the entire day to prevent chaos.

The massive march promises to attract thousands of unhappy residents from Galeshewe, Roodepan, Greenpoint and Kimberley to participate in this non-politically affiliated protest.

The communicating different groups will meet at a central point in town where they will head to the municipality to hand over their memorandum of demands to Mayor Mangaliso Matika.

According to concerned community member, Tumelo Mosikare, it is up to the muni­cipality whether they drive the residents to take drastic measures.

“We handed a letter to the mayor’s office asking him that he be the one to accept the letter in person, not a delegate.

“The only reason this action will end here is if the municipality promises in black and white that the increase will not be implemented, come 1 July,” said Mosikare.

“It is not negotiable. We are done with that as we gave them enough time.

“What will happen after this, will be beyond our control.”

With regard to the closure of businesses on Wednesday, the Northern Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Nocci) stated it is up to their members whether to close their businesses on the day.

“It is the community’s right if they want to march, as long as it is legal.

“We expect the police to take control of the safety mea­sures,” said the chairperson of Nocci, Marie Parsons.

She said they have been in engagement with the municipality and were promised a decrease.

“What we want is that the tariff increase should not be more than 5,98% as it was stated in the budget,” said Parsons in conclusion.

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