Young and old demand basic services

2019-03-06 06:01
This little energetic boy lead a service delivery protest by residents of the Caleb Motshabi settlement in Bloemfontein. Photo: Nyakallo Mahloko

This little energetic boy lead a service delivery protest by residents of the Caleb Motshabi settlement in Bloemfontein. Photo: Nyakallo Mahloko

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When almost all the protesters of the Caleb Motshabi settlement at a recent service delivery protest took a back seat, a young boy was the only prominent cheerleader of the chants for improved service delivery.

It is expected that a boy of About seven years old should have been in class learning on 5 February.

Contrary to this, in high spirit and barefoot, the boy was out on the streets, leading the chants by angry residents.

Adults were the ones at the forefront to completely close off the M30 for the duration of the protest for improved service delivery.

Boulders were used to barricade a section of the M30.

Piles of uncollected rubbish that residents complained about was placed in the middle of the road and burned by venting residents – as part of seeking attention of authorities of the Mangaung metro municipality.

Raging residents chanted struggle songs and this seems to encourage the young boy at the forefront of the protest, toy-toying, a war dance done in times of oppression.

The police were not present at the stage of the dramatic chant by the young boy.

Protesters were up in arms over non-service delivery in their area as well as the apparent relocation of the people from Caleb Motshabi to Phase 7.

They claimed that they are currently not residing under suitable living conditions as they have no basic services such as electricity and water at the moment.

They also went on to say that the land they occupied was supposed to have water pipes and is not suitable for human habitation.

Protesters alleged that the municipality had renegade on the promise to allocate sites for construction of decent houses and further demanded quality service delivery which seems hard to come by.

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