Women strip in protest over water

2012-06-07 14:25

Mbombela - Residents of Giyani Section F have passed a vote of no confidence against their ward councillor, Abraham Manganyi, as they continue to suffer water shortages.

Residents marched to the Giyani municipal offices to hand over a memorandum demanding water and other services on Tuesday.

“We’ve tried to engage (Manganyi) several times to try to get answers regarding water problems in our section, but he called the police on us,” said community representative David Magagani, who read out the memorandum.

“Since the councillor is not accessible and calls the police on us when we try to engage him in talks, we have passed a vote of no confidence in him and his ward reps,” he added, to the applause of community members.


Some of the female marchers stripped until they were half naked to demonstrate their distress at not having water.

The marchers sang: “Abraham! Hina hi khome ku tika! (Abraham we’re having a hard time).

In the memorandum, the community insists that they don't want water tankers. They say they want running tap water.

They also want electricity and for residential sites to be demarcated.

They gave the municipality 14 days to respond.

“We’re tired of being told to wait for the Nandoni water project. We need water now,” shouted one resident, Rosina Baloyi, before the memorandum was handed in to Giyani municipality.

Giyani mayor Pat Hlungwani, accompanied by his executive staff, received the memorandum and promised to address the grievances as a matter of urgency.

“We won’t wait for the time you gave us to elapse, we will come to address your situation as soon as possible,” he said.

This is the second protest march by residents of Giyani within the past two weeks.

Recently, residents of Giyani's Mountain View area also demanded water. They took their grievances directly to the Vhembe district municipality.

  • Johan - 2012-06-07 14:32

    And yet another News24 story without a picture to back it up...

      michael.i.wright - 2012-06-07 14:35

      Good thing I reckon.

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-07 14:40

      Not sure I wan to see naked village women

      Fredster - 2012-06-07 14:40

      Why do you want a picture?

      ogone.thataone - 2012-06-07 14:45

      You just made laugh dude...

      Henri - 2012-06-07 14:49

      i felt a bit naar before opening this page, thank goodness there isnt any pics, i dont think we are flooded with Angelina Jolies in this country ???

      E=MC2 - 2012-06-07 14:57

      not adding a picture is the best thing they couldve done! :-)

      mihaip007 - 2012-06-07 15:07

      I thought "they" said it is not cultural to show their private parts..! Doesn't breasts constitute private parts? or is it a sexist thing only regaridng male genitalea? or to be more specific - the president's? for those who said "they did not say breasts" - half naked kinda gets close to it - and what of the dancers with full view breasts showing in public?

      Rob - 2012-06-07 15:14

      In this case a picture would tell 10,000 words !

      lulama - 2012-06-07 15:22

      News24 never does anything right. Some of us can't read, so a pic would say a thousand words.

      Nosiphom - 2012-06-07 15:35

      Mihaip007: The reed dance is classified - from birth upwards only - no unborns!

      Michaele - 2012-06-07 16:02

      Can't else JZ would be the first there to eye out his next wife....

  • Elizabeth - 2012-06-07 14:38

    One way of upholding culture and going back to your roots, strip and demand....

      Raymond - 2012-06-07 15:17

      And yet, when the Spear was done, there was a huge outcry, claiming that it is not in their culture to show nudity. Typical double standards, purely to support how they feel at the time.

      jeffrey.mnisi - 2012-06-07 15:30

      political pornography or political striping

  • E=MC2 - 2012-06-07 14:56

    "We’ve tried to engage (Manganyi) several times to try to get answers..." so now we'll take our clothes off!

  • Hudayfah - 2012-06-07 14:56

    I bet the guys can't wait for the next march.

  • masiagwala.a.mukololo - 2012-06-07 15:00

    you voted for ANC so stop complaining

      jeffrey.mnisi - 2012-06-07 15:25

      who told you that we are complaining, we are celebrating

  • eugene.briel - 2012-06-07 15:07

    This is what happens when you are told by those you voted in to be your leaders. They promise the world and give you nothing. they promise you that "If you plant a feather a chicken will grow" but actually the only thing that grows is their "Bank Balance", their "QUALITY OF LIFE" improves and yours gets worse.

      nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-07 15:33

      True, but you forgot the last line - when it fails, blame the White man.

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-06-07 15:08

    And the weirdest is that although the ANC is messing up big time and don't deliver, these exact same people who are protesting will vote ANC again at the next general election... "Superzille" and her DA should pull some rabbits out of the hat and exploit these situations - votes are goind a-begging here. When's the next general election, anyone?

      Les Tido Maloka - 2012-06-07 17:39

      Bore your own water holes! Typical citizens who prefer to be spoon fed by government. The government cant be responsible for everything you wish for.

  • Ringeta - 2012-06-07 15:13

    Nandoni water is long overdue. Mopani District is fighting to manage the funds when National Governemt says it is their project,. Nandon dam is Vhembe, Giyani is in Mopani. I actually see power hungry Mopani because the project is a National Departnemt of Water Affiars project.

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-06-07 15:15

    Did they march in pairs?

  • mthabine.justice - 2012-06-07 15:18

    vati yisa hansi!

  • jeffrey.mnisi - 2012-06-07 15:22

    I stay on phrase that: a desperate nation is a danger to its self. the late minister Ivy Matsepe-Cas.. once insulted us saying ANC can not make it rains,no rain no water", She was Milky clean drinking bottled water. who are u to protest. hey stop the non-sense and be ready to CAP for 5th national elections and u know, vote for spear, remember mandela. vote for us we liberated u. you must pay in return, we need thos e votes. stop non-sense. viva the 5th CAP for national elections viva. AMANDLA.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-06-07 19:36

      For the failure government?

  • Diby Mailula - 2012-06-07 15:24

    My SA Geography knowledge is not so good, but i can guarantee you that Giyani is neither in Mbombela (Nelspruit) nor in Mpumalanga.

      Irene - 2012-06-07 15:58

      I don't think anybody knows where anything is anymore because of the pathetic name changes.

  • wayne.warren83 - 2012-06-07 15:28

    photos or it didn't happen!

  • tobydt - 2012-06-07 15:32

    Women stripping in public is against my culture!

  • KOENASON - 2012-06-07 15:32


  • Tax - 2012-06-07 15:38

    Well that will certainly get Zumas attention. He's probably on his way there right now.

  • Marius Koen - 2012-06-07 15:44

    So no water? Drink milk.

  • kebophelo16 - 2012-06-07 15:44

    why are they striping ?is this going to help or they just wanna be seen un_wear????????????????????/

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-07 15:47

    Hehehe tax no wonder he is so silent icw the cele saga.

  • Vhonks - 2012-06-07 15:58

    Giyani is not in Mbombela News24!!!!

  • rory.short1 - 2012-06-07 16:04

    It seems communication with residents is not something that this councillor is keen on. Obviously not part of the job as far as he is concerned. Or perhaps he knows that the skills to address the residents problems don't exist in the local council so it is better not talk to the residents.

  • rory.short1 - 2012-06-07 16:10

    A mechanism for instant voter recall of any elected official is something that should be in the SA Constitution then such ad hoc protests would not be needed

  • braamc - 2012-06-07 17:53

    You get what you vote for

  • DDMaluleke - 2012-06-07 17:57

    wrong reporting, Giyani is in Limpopo under Mopani distric not Vembe. Never write a story from here say.

  • DDMaluleke - 2012-06-07 17:59

    wrong reporting, Giyani is in Limpopo under Mopani distric not Vembe. Never write a story from here say.

  • Philip Buys - 2012-06-07 18:01

    you voted them in, so go cry a river.

  • DDMaluleke - 2012-06-07 18:34

    Wrote the story via here say. Giyani is in Limpopo under Mopani district not Vembe. Bad reporting. The reporter has never been to Giyani that's why there is no picture.

  • RiXiLe.BriLLiaNT.pRO - 2012-06-08 10:18

    The issue of water crisis in most parts of limpopo especially Giyani

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