Ramokgopa promises to meet protesting Ga-Rankuwa residents

2016-05-13 12:03
ANC Tshwane chairperson Kgosientso Ramokgopa visiting houses in Soshanguve. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

ANC Tshwane chairperson Kgosientso Ramokgopa visiting houses in Soshanguve. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Pretoria - Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa will meet residents of Spoorview in Ga-Rankuwa following protests in the area.

They were scheduled to meet on Tuesday next week to “thrash out their issues”, Ramokgopa told News24 on Friday.

On Tuesday, residents protested to demand services and against high municipal rates. They said the city did not recognise their area and that they had received communication to this effect.

They vowed not to vote in the August 3 local government elections if Ramokgopa or President Jacob Zuma did not address them.

"We are not going to vote because they are saying we are not recognised as part of Tshwane or registered on their database. How can we vote when we are not recognised as South African residents?" Ruddy Maseko, secretary of the United Ga-Rankuwa Spoorview Community, said on Tuesday.

'Two-faced snake'

Ramokgopa was in Soshanguve on Friday morning for door-to-door visits with Zuma and other ANC leaders. They were scheduled to visit Ga-Rankuwa later in the day.

"We are hopeful that during that meeting on Tuesday we will be able to find each other," said Ramokgopa.

Community leaders told News24 earlier in the week that their councillor, Morakane Mosupyoe-Letsholo, who is also the Tshwane Council speaker, did not listen to them.

“If we continue to go through our councillor, it's going to take us another 20 years. She is a two-faced snake," Maseko said.

ANC Tshwane chairperson Kgosientso Ramokgopa visiting houses in Soshanguve. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Right of reply

"She is not a consistent person. She knows how to change stories and whatever she says to residents is lies," added deputy secretary Victoria Nikani.

The pair accused Mosupyoe-Letsholo of delivering services that were not a priority. Nikani cited a project in the area to extend sidewalks along tarred roads, while other streets had not yet been tarred.

Ramokgopa's spokesperson Blessing Manale told News24 the city would comment on Mosupyoe-Letsholo’s behalf.
“The city has a right of reply, not individuals. We don't give individuals right of reply.”

Manale said there was nothing truthful about the claims against her. He said she met residents and accepted their memorandum, to which they wanted a wanted a response in 14 days. 

“She served the memorandum to the office of the mayor and we told her that we would look into the issues,” he said.

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