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PROTESTERS CLOSE DOWN MATATIELE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY OFFICES

Operations have been disturbed throughout this week in Matatiele after protestors closed down Matatiele Local Municipality, creating unrest in and around the area. This after a number of engagements were held between the Municipality, the provincial Department of Transport, and commuters.

At the beginning of this week, municipal workers could not access their offices due to protesters blocking the entrances to municipal buildings. Essential services such as electricity services and other community services were affected. This was for the duration of four days as municipal workers could not assist customers.

Mayor Cllr. Momelezi Mbedla later appealed to the people of Matatiele to take precautionary measures in relation to water and electricity usage.

Protesters intensified their action on Tuesday, closing down the Alfred Nzo District Municipality satellite offices in Matatiele. The municipality continues to explore ways and means to resolve this unrest.

A number of municipal programmes scheduled for this week had to be postponed. This included the Integrated Development & Planning Representative Forum workshop and the Day of Prayer.

“This unrest happens at a very crucial period at the municipality, where Auditor General officials are on-site to audit our books. We are unable to provide information needed by the AG office because our employees have not been going to work,” said Mayor Mbedla.

We appeal to our people to be patient with us and the Department of Transport as we try, by all means, to attend to their concerns. The situation in Matatiele has been ignited by the condition of rural roads in and around the municipality. Commuters have raised concerns with the Department of Transport in relation to this issue.

A consolidated road maintenance plan has been drafted as follows:

• DR08013: 35km Maluti to Ramatsiliso — 7km of heavy maintenance achieved.

• DR08069: 34km Khoapa to DR08646 — road formation, stockpiling.

•DR08646: Matatiele to Onguleksnek — 12km of heavy maintenance achieved.

This work is done by the departmental in-house services.

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