Jacques Smalle (MPL)
DA Limpopo Provincial Leader
ANC President, Jacob Zuma and Limpopo Premier, Stanley Mathabatha have mislead Malumulele residents and failed dismally to fulfill all promises they have made to resolve their issue of getting their own municipality.
In 2014, Zuma visited the area ahead of last year’s national elections after residents opted to barricade roads with burning tyres and destroy properties demanding to have their own municipality.
Zuma addressed the residents and promised to resolve the matter as quickly as possible as their issue is genuine.
In September 2013, Premier Mathabatha also discouraged residents not to use tribalism elements and pronounced that the demarcation board was in the process of resolving their problems and promised to give them answers very soon. But that did not happen.
None of their promises were ever fulfilled and no further meetings were held to update the community afterwards.
It is clear that all their visits and promises were part of their electioneering gimmick ahead of the elections to get votes from the poor citizens.
It is not a surprise anymore for the residents to embark on a week long protest pressuring and accusing the ANC led government of delaying in granting their own municipality.
The DA believes that it is premature to have their own municipality at this stage as it might take IEC ‘s demarcation board several years to finalise the issue.
We urge Premier Mathabatha to urgently intervene by ensuring good governance, and the addressing of the service delivery backlog in Thulamela Municipality is accelerated towards Malamulele area.
The DA further believes that Premier Mathabatha must also apologise to the residents for failing to fulfil his promises.