Polokwane – Residents of a village near Mokopane have lost faith in the government and politicians.
“Our politicians always make promises but they never fulfil any of them,” said Ga-Molekana (Mmapela) resident Christina Sethole.
She said the local Mogalakwena platinum mine and not the Mogalakwena municipality installed the street lights in the area.
Many streets in the village were not tarred. Those that were tarred, were riddled with potholes. Water tankers serviced some parts of the village.
Another resident, Merriam Madubanya, said the lack of water was a major problem for residents.
“They started with the project to install pipes, but that project has been halted. We don't know what will happen after the elections. We don't have roads here. We keep voting, but nothing is happening. What is the point of us voting?” she asked.
Danny Moleko echoed her sentiments and said the majority of the youth in the area were unemployed. He said people were forced to leave their families to seek work in Gauteng.
“We need jobs and development in our area. We can't continue living like this more than 20 years into our democracy,” he said.
Economic Freedom Fighters provincial secretary Jossey Buthane said the area was not unique in the province. As much as residents struggled to access water, the mine operated daily without problems, he said.
He complained that the mine’s street lights were too weak.
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The party’s ward candidate, Shirley Baloyi, said they wanted to change the prospects of the area and ensure people got services. The EFF intended to ensure locals benefited from opportunities at the mine.
“As a party, we will ensure there is a tap in every household. We will create mechanisms that will train and equip our people with the necessary skills to work in the mines. Even the RDP houses that we have here are not up to standard as many of them crack after some time,” she said.