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Committee stands up for ward 4

The ward in Maokeng with the most indigent residents is most likely ward 4, which includes Koekoe Village.

Despite reporting service delivery issues to the Moqhaka Municipality, residents are faced with sewage flowing in the streets, a lack of housing, elec­tricity cuts, crime and a lack of schools and clinics in the area.

Madibo Mohlamme is the spokesperson for a committee which was established in June to address residents’ concerns and grievances in the ANC-led ward by councillor Nomathemba Mduduzi.

“Councillors are to blame for housing problems. RDP houses are awarded to people who do not even reside in Moqhaka. Tenants pay rent of up to R1 500 to these beneficiaries and have no means of getting their own houses,” Mohlamme said to Kroon News.

According to the committee members, the beneficiaries have to pay less than R500 to the municipality and pocket money from the 70% unemployed residents.

“They do not even pay this, and the indigent tenants are faced with electricity cuts.

“The grievances committee has already done a door-to-door study on the ward’s problems.

“Because the landlords do not pay rates and taxes, tenants’ electricity meters are blocked. This is unfair to the indigents renting a roof over their heads.”

Mohlamme said that some landlords received more than one RDP house from Moqhaka and hired the premises out to for­eign­ers as well.

“Despite being on the list as a possible beneficiary for a RDP house, most residents are over­seen for houses.

“Maintenance to roads is a big issue. Only two roads are properly paved and the rest of the entries to houses in the suburb are a challenge for taxi drivers. The elderly struggle to get transported to and from their dwellings.”

He believes that learners are exposed to reckless driving, because of a lack of traffic management and visible policing.

Proper storm water drainage is lacking all over, Mohlamme added.

Doing the door-to-door study involving some 362 dwellings, the need for an additional clinic, school and police station was mentioned.

“It is important that the people of the ward support the committee in their endeavours to address service delivery issues.”

The committee has addressed written concerns to the mu­nicipality on several occasions and received no response. Ward meetings are simply not held and if suggested, ignored, Mohlamme said.

With regard to water and sanitation, the indigents in Koekoe Village are neglected. Water supply, pressure and quality are not up to standard.

“The current ward committee members do nothing to improve the lives of our people. We trust that by reporting these concerns to the media, the spotlight on irregularities will be lit,” Mohlamme said.

The written concerns were supplied to the municipal spokes­person, Dika Kheswa. At the time of going to press, no response was received.

Should a response be received at a later stage,Kroon Newswill report on the matter.

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