Dead horse used to block road

The dead horse used to block the road between Hadernburg and Thulang village by protesters.Photo: siphelele nketo
The dead horse used to block the road between Hadernburg and Thulang village by protesters.Photo: siphelele nketo

SIPHELELE NKETO

siphelele@media24.com

A DEAD horse, burning tyres and rocks were used by Maluti residents to block the gravel Hadernburg road as they protested for better roads on Monday.

Classes were also disrupted.

The gravel road is regularly used by motorists from Maluti to the border area between South Africa and Lesotho.

Teachers and buses that transport pupils to schools were turned back by angry­ community members who closed the road demanding that government tar the road.

People said the area is neglected by government because there is no clean water or electricity there.

No one was injured during the protest, however, SAPS spokesperson Raphael Motloung said they will monitor the area to make sure that people do not vandalise property.

Community member, Siyabulela Nkosana said government must stop spending money fixing the gravel road, instead they should tar it.

“Many times people have complained about the bad state of roads, but government does not listen.
“Government must take people seriously­ and attend to their grievances,” said Nkosana.

Lungelo Mthatyana, Maluti district director­ from Department of Education said the road is not in good condition, but asked people not to close roads when they seek attention from the government.

He confirmed that four high schools and many junior schools have been disrupted and pupils will only return to school when it is safe so do so.

“I am worried about matric pupils who are supposed to revise June question papers to prepare for the final exams.
“Teachers have a lot of work to do as they have just returned from the winter holidays,” said Mthatyana.

A meeting is to take place at the Maluti­ Civic Centre on Monday to seek an amicable solution.

  

A DEAD horse, burning tyres and rocks were used by the Maluti protestors to block the gravel Hadernburg road as they protested for better roads on Monday.
Learning at schools was also disrupted. The gravel road is regularly used by motorists from Maluti to the border area between South Africa and Lesotho. Teachers and buses that transport pupils to schools were turned back by angry community members who closed the road demanding that government tar the road.
People said the area is neglected by government because there is no clean water or electricity. No one was injured during the protest however SAPS spokesperson Raphael Motloung said they will monitor the area to make sure that people do not vandalise property. Community member, Siyabulela Nkosana said government must stop spending money fixing the gravel road, instead it should be tarred.
“Many times people have complained about the bad state of roads, but government does not listen. Government must take people seriously and attend to their grievances,” said Nkosana. Lungelo Mthatyana, Maluti district director from Department of Education said the road is not in good condition, but asked people not to close roads when they seek attention from the government.
He confirmed that four high schools and many junior schools have been disrupted and pupils will only return to school when it is safe so do so. “I am worried about matric pupils who are supposed to revise June question papers to prepare for the final exams. Teachers have a lot of work to do as they have just returned from the winter holidays,” said Mthatyana. A meeting is scheduled to take place in Maluti Civic Centre on Monday to seek an amicable solution.  
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